How do environmental cues shape human behavior? How can behavior be modified to support sustainability and how this can limit a negative impact on the environment?
Environmental cues contribute to the "nature vs nurture" debate in that even though we are genetically predispose to certain traits, our environment influences and shapes how these traits are expressed. Likewise, our genetic makeup influences the way we experience and interact with the environment. For example, our genetic composition may predispose us to weight issues where we must monitor our intake. However, when confronted with an attractive plate of food, one that stimulates the brain and palate, studies have shown we are more inclined to overeat. There are also findings to suggest that sensitivity to environmental "hot" cues plays a ...
The environment creates an scenario in which we take cues that influence our behavior. Are these behaviors always good? What causes us to recycle, help an ailing neighbor, or pick up the trash on the side of the road? Through altering environmental cues, these positive behaviors can be encouraged and thus behavior modification can have a positive effect on our environment.