ISSN 1671-3710
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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (6): 1077-1092.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.01077

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 Meteorological psychology: The psychological and behavioral effects of weather and climate

 WANG Yan1; CHEN Hao2   

  1.  (1 Department of Sociology, Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China) (2 Department of Social Psychology, Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin 300350, China)
  • Received:2016-06-14 Online:2017-06-15
  • Contact: CHEN Hao, E-mail: E-mail:E-mail:
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Abstract:  Researchers increasingly acknowledge the importance of the effects of meteorological conditions on human life, ranging from individual emotion swings to the rise and collapse of civilizations. “Meteorological psychology” refers to the study of the influence of two meteorological conditions, weather (short-term) and climate (long-term), on multilevel psychological and behavioral functions from individual cognition and emotion, to group dynamics, and further to institutional and cultural traits. Weather and climate related factors like the temperature, humidity, precipitation, sunlight exposure and duration systematically influence (1) individual psychological conditions including emotions, working memory, and cognitive abilities, (2) individual behaviors such as interpersonal affinity and anti-social behaviors, and (3) group dynamics and culture such as interpersonal and group conflicts. Furthermore, climatic demands together with resource sufficiency significantly shape local cultural characteristics. Considering that human society is deeply and constantly embedded in and impacted by meteorological conditions, meteorological psychology should be integrated as an important research field into the discipline of psychology.

Key words:  meteorological psychology, weather, climate

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