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Research Reports

  • Aitken, N. M., Pelletier, L. G., & Baxter, D.E. (2016). Doing the difficult stuff: Influence of self-determined motivation toward the environment on transportation pro-environmental behaviour. Ecopsychology, 8, 153-162. doi: 10.1089/eco.2015.0079
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  • Sherman, A.K., Bird, S., Powers, S., Rowe, A., & Legault, L. (2016). Motivational orientation explains the link between political ideology and proenvironmental behavior. Ecopsychology, 8(4), 239-249. doi: 10.1089/eco.2016.0029.
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  • Lavergne, K., & Pelletier, L. G. (2016). Why are attitude-behavior inconsistencies uncomfortable? Using motivational theories to explore individual differences in dissonance arousal and motivation to compensate. Motivation and Emotion, 40(6), 842-861. doi: 10.1007/s11031-016-9577-3
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  • Lavergne, K., & Pelletier, L. G. (2015). Predicting individual differences in the choice of strategy to compensate for attitude-behaviour inconsistencies in the environmental domain. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 44, 135-148. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.10.001
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  • Sweeney, J. C., Webb, D., Mazzarol, T. W., & Soutar, G. N. (2014). Self-determination theory and word of mouth about energy-saving behaviors: An online experiment. Psychology and Marketing, 31, 698-716. doi: 10.1002/mar.20729
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  • Sweeney, J. C., Kresling, J., Webb, D., Soutar, G. N., & Mazzarol, T. (2013). Energy saving behaviours: Development of a practice-based model. Energy Policy, 61, 371-381. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.06.121
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  • Webb, D., Soutar, G. N., Mazzarol, T., & Saldaris, P. (2013). Self-determination theory and consumer behavioural change: Evidence from a household energy-saving behaviour study. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 35, pp. 59-66. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.04.003
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  • Lekes, N., Joussemet, M., Koestner, R., Taylor, G., Hope, N. H., & Gingras, I. (2011). Transmitting intrinsic values from mothers to adolescents: The moderating role of a supportive family environment. Child Development Research doi: doi:10.1155/2011/167146
  • Sheldon, K. M., Nichols, C. P., & Kasser, T. (2011). Americans recommend smaller ecological footprints when reminded of intrinsic American values of self-expression, family, and generosity. Ecopsychology, 3, 97-104.
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  • Ryan, R. M., Weinstein, N., Bernstein, J. H., Brown, K. W., Mistretta, L., & Gagné, M. (2010). Vitalizing effects of being outdoors and in nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 159-168.
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  • Renaud-Dube, A., Taylor, G., Lekes, N., Koestner, R., & Guay, F. (2010). Adolescents' motivation toward the environment: Age-related trends and correlates. Canadian Journal of Bahavioural Science, 42, 194-199. doi: doi:10.1037/a0018596
  • Lavergne, K. J., Sharp, E. C., Pelletier, L. G., & Holtby, A. (2010). The role of perceived government style in the facilitation of self-determined and non self-determined pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 169-177.
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  • Kasser, T. (2009). Psychological need satisfaction, personal well-being, and ecological sustainability. Ecopsychology, 1, 175-180.
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  • Weinstein, N., Przybylski, A. K., & Ryan, R. M. (2009). Can nature make us more caring? Effects of immersion in nature on intrinsic aspirations and generosity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1315-1329.
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  • Brown, K. W., & Kasser, T. (2005). Are psychological and ecological well-being compatible? The role of values, mindfulness, and lifestyle. Social Indicators Research, 74, 349-368.
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  • Osbaldiston, R., & Sheldon, K. M. (2003). Promoting internalized motivation for environmentally responsible behavior: A prospective study of environmental goals. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 23, 349-357.
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  • Koestner, R., Houlfort, N., Paquet, S., & Knight, C. (2001). On the risks of recycling because of guilt: An examination of the consequences of introjection. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 2545-2560.
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  • Pelletier, L. G., Dion, S., Tuson, K. M., & Green-Demers, I. (1999). Why do people fail to adopt environmental behaviors? Towards a taxonomy of environmental amotivation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 2481-2504.
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  • Levesque, C. S., Pelletier, L. G., & Hunsley, J. (1999). Predicting environmental behaviors: The influence of self-determination and information about environmental health risks. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 1582 - 160.
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  • Pelletier, L. G., Tuson, K., Green-Demers, I., Noels, K., & Beaton, A. (1998). Why are you doing things for the environment? The Motivation Toward the Environment Scale (MTES). Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 437-468.
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  • Levesque, C. S., Pelletier, L. G., & Hunsley, J. (1998). Toward a model of environmental activism. Environment and Behavior, 30, 628-652.
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  • Green-Demers, I., Pelletier, L. G., & Menard, S. (1997). The impact of behavioural difficulty on the saliency of the association between self-determined motivation and environmental behaviours. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 29, 157-166.
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Chapters, Overviews, and Commentaries

  • Pelletier, L. G., & Aitken, N. (2014). Encouraging Environmental Actions in Employees and in the Working Environment: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective. In M. Gagné (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Work Engagement, Motivation, and Self-Determination Theory (pp. 314-334). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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  • Pelletier, L. G., Baxter, D., & Huta, V. (2011). Personal autonomy and environmental sustainability. In V. Chirkov, R. Ryan, & K. Sheldon (Eds.), Personal autonomy in cultural contexts: Global perspectives on the psychology of agency, freedom, and people’s well-being (pp. 257-278). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
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  • Pelletier, L. G., & Sharp, E. (2008). Persuasive communication and proenvironmental behaviours: How message tailoring and message framing can improve integration of behaviors through self-determined motivation. Canadian Psychology, 49, 210-217.
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  • Moller, A. C., Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2006). Self-determination theory and public policy: Improving the quality of consumer decisions without using coercion. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 25, 104-116.
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  • Villacorta, M., Koestner, R., & Lekes, N. (2003). Further validation of the Motivation Toward the Environment Scale. Environment and Behavior, 35, 486-505.
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  • Pelletier, L. G. (2002). A motivational analysis of self-determination for pro-environmental behaviors. In E. L. Deci, & R. M. Ryan (Eds.), Handbook of self-determination research (pp. 205-232). Rochester, NY: University Of Rochester Press.
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