(Re)Connecting People with the Environment

The cause of most environmental problems is a social context in which a collective cost is produced through the combined behavior of a plurality of individuals: some prime examples are the cities’ air pollution by cars, or food waste. Even though awareness is rising, most of the citizens still ignore their civic responsibilities, and lifestyle changes are resisted. How can we reconnect people with the environment? Continue Reading

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The Need to Restore the Human-Nature Bond

1280px-the_garden_of_earthly_delights_by_bosch_high_resolutionWestern culture has become detached from the ecological substrate upon it is based and dependent on for its very existence. Humans experienced a progressive detachment from nature, that mutated into a utilitarian relation of dominion. We need to restore the bond. Continue reading

Filter Bubbles in the Information Society

man-in-bubbleThe digital revolution and the new socialisation platforms, laid the foundation of new forms of information and communication. But the higher availability of information did not bring more knowledge or tolerance, as we tend instead to cluster in bubbles of homogeneous contents. Fragmentation of information is determining a worrying diffusion of misinformation and dangerous forms of ignorance.  Continue reading

Ecopsychology: what it is, and why a reflection about it is worthy

How can we learn to respect nature and to live in harmony with the ecosystem, in order to prevent environmental destruction and pollution? First and foremost, the underlying issue should be addressed, that is the cultural detachment from nature. Humans have lost sight with their origin, and ecopsychology offers an answer. Continue reading

Plastic Pollution: a Huge risk for the Environment and Human Health

dcabe551cf64ee30e3a9efe54763da5fPlastic is literally omnipresent in our lives today, so much that we could refer to us as the plastic generation. But this material that supported innovation, has two big downsides. Plastic is piling up in the world’s oceans, where five ‘plastic islands’ have been identified. The Pacific Trash Vortex, may be as big as Europe. Also, plastic release micro-particles that dispersed in the water, contaminate fish, entering in the human food chain. Continue reading

Automatic Behavioural Responses: Why we Overeat

ego depletionEating decisions are influenced by a variety of factors that are both internal (that is, unconscious behaviours) and external, which can all lead us to increased caloric consumption and poor dietary choices. This has implications for everybody, and support the view, that it is not always the willpower or ourselves to blame. Continue reading

Eating junk, getting sick: a look on new interventions to solve the issue

The connection between processed food and chronic disease; the rise in the costs of national healthcare systems; the necessity to revise our lifestyle and habits. Several streams of scientific research offer new insights on one of the most primordial human affairs: the relation between people and food. Continue reading

Human, all too human

nudgeFindings in the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics and psychology, overturned the paradigm that conceived humans as rational calculators. The presence of many psychological errors lead people to commit mistakes in their judgements and actions. Nudging is a recent approach that entail minimalist, non-paternalistic interventions to guide people in the right direction. Continue reading