"Overall, their book will likely serve as a main textbook for adedicated course or seminar in conservation psychology. However,the book will also be of great value to researchers and thoseteaching related courses by providing greater depth ofunderstanding of human drivers of pressing environmental issues."(Landscape Ecol, 2011)
"The book is an amply referenced survey, equally suitable asboth an undergraduate textbook and a starting point for academicsand professionals who wish to know more about how psychologicalresearch can inform their conservation work. I highly recommend itsuse in both of these contexts". (The Journal of EnvironmentalConservation, 2010)
"Conservation Psychology serves its audience and purpose well.It would be an excellent supplementary textbook to manyconservation-focused graduate and undergraduate courses. Readersinterested in conservation should find this volume fascinating, andwill discover new insight into, as the authors note, the psychologyof perseverance in the face of difficult times". (The QuarterlyReview of Biology, 1 December 2010)
“I highly recommend their book to psychologists of allcreeds as well as to conservation biologists, environmentalscientists, policy-makers, teachers, and anyone concerned about ourevolving place in nature.” (Conservation Psychology,August 2009)
"Clayton and Myres have written a timely book. It heralds a newarea within psychology. I highly recommend their book topsychologists of all creeds as well as to conservationbiologists."
Peter Verbeek, Science
From the Back Cover
This textbook introduces the reader to the new and emerging fieldof Conservation Psychology, which explores connections between thestudy of human behavior and the achievement of conservationgoals.
People are often cast as villains in the story of environmentaldegradation, seen primarily as a threat to healthy ecosystems andan obstacle to conservation. But humans are inseparable fromnatural ecosystems. Understanding how people think about,experience, and interact with nature is crucial for promotingenvironmental sustainability as well as human well-being.
The book first summarizes theory and research on humancognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to nature and goeson to review research on people's experience of nature in wild,managed, and urban settings. Finally, it examines ways to encourageconservation-oriented behavior at both individual and societallevels. Throughout, the authors integrate a wide body of publishedliterature to demonstrate how and why psychology is relevant topromoting a more sustainable relationship between humans andnature.