The effect of causal verbs on knowledge creation and behavior Open Access

West, Meredith Nicole (2010)

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between knowledge and
everyday behaviors. The study focused on people's knowledge of global warming and their
recycling behavior. In Experiment 1, I found that people's knowledge of global warming, as
measured by their use of specific causal verbs in a concept map, correlated positively with
their ratings on a recycling behavior survey. In Experiment 2, I found that having people
create concept maps with specific verbs preserved recycling behavior a week after test,
whereas having people create concept maps with general verbs actually led to declines in
recycling behavior a week after test. Implications for people's health practices are discussed.

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Experiments:

Experiment 1......................................................... p. 9
Experiment 2......................................................... p. 12
Tables:
Table 1.................................................................. p. 15
Table 2.................................................................. p. 16
Appendices:
Appendix A……………………………………………………………………. p. 23
Appendix B……………………………………………………………………. p. 26
Appendix C……………………………………………………………………. p. 29
References............................................................ p. 22

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