Frequency of everyday pro-environmental behaviour is explained by baseline activation in lateral prefrontal cortex

Baumgartner, Thomas; Langenbach, Benedikt P.; Gianotti, Lorena R.R.; Müri, René M.; Knoch, Daria (2019). Frequency of everyday pro-environmental behaviour is explained by baseline activation in lateral prefrontal cortex. Scientific Reports, 9(9), pp. 1-7. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-018-36956-2

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Humankind faces a plethora of environmental problems, many of which are directly influenced by individual human behaviour. To better understand pro-environmental behaviour, we here try to identify interindividual markers that explain variance in the frequency of every-day pro-environmental behaviour. So far, research on this topic has mainly relied on subjective self-report measures and has yielded mixed results. In this study, we applied a neural trait approach to assess stable, objective individual differences. Using source-localised electroencephalography, we measured cortical activation at rest and combined our neural task-independent data with an ecologically valid assessment of everyday pro-environmental behaviour. We find whole-brain-corrected evidence that task-independent baseline activation in the right lateral prefrontal cortex, a brain area known to be involved in cognitive control and self-control processes explains individual differences in pro-environmental behaviour. The higher the cortical baseline activation in this area, the higher the frequency of everyday pro-environmental behaviour. Implications for the promotion of pro-environmental behaviour are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > DCR Unit Sahli Building > Forschungsgruppe Neurologie

UniBE Contributor:

Baumgartner, Thomas; Langenbach, Benedikt Peter; Gianotti, Lorena; Müri, René Martin and Knoch, Daria

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

2045-2322

Publisher:

Nature Publishing Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Baumgartner

Date Deposited:

05 Feb 2019 13:34

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 21:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1038/s41598-018-36956-2

PubMed ID:

30626887

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.123724

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/123724

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