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Research Direction Guide

Research Direction Guide

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Research Objective:
Focus research on the following key questions in order tosuccessfully answer researchable questions related to human behavior with regards toconsumption and its application in law and policy.
Key Questions to Focus Research:
1.What are the principles of neuroscience and social psychology that predict human behavior?2.What are the principles of neuroscience and social psychology that affect andchange human behavior?3.How have these principles been applied to human behavior as it relates to theenvironment?4.How have these principles been applied to human behavior as it relates toconsumption?5.What are the principles that currently inform law and policy as it relates to human behavior and the environment?6.What are the barriers to effective use and application of behavioral principles inaffecting environmental behavior?7.In what ways could these principles be better applied to achieve more effective behavior change?8.How could these applications be extended and used to engineer more effectivelaws, policies, and norms?
Potential Information Sources/Gathering Directives for Answering CorrespondingQuestions:
1.Psychology and other social science databases such as PsychINFO or PsychARTICLES, overviews/collections of behavioral and social psychologydiscussions, summaries of behavioral scientist work, popular sources such asPsychology Today magazine and search engine results.2.See above. Additional sources include sociology databases, introductory materialsto social psychology study.3.Psychology and social science databases, environmental science databases such asEnvironmental Science and Pollution Management, book sources, theses,dissertations, introductory materials to environmental psychology, additionalsearch engine results.4.See above. More attention to research literature and in-depth popular sources thatfocus specifically on consumption, consumer-oriented advocacy groups,environmental science databases and journals more specifically related toconsumption.5.Law journals, law review articles, theses, law school materials, basic theory of lawmaterials, search engine results.6.See above. Focus on theses or articles criticizing, analyzing, or theorizing ondifficulties in use of science in environmental law.7.Identify information from questions 5-6 indicating potential for applying
 
 behavioral information; additional research on barriers identified in question 6,what makes them difficult, and approaches or potential solutions; identifyinformation uncovered in questions 1-4 that is unused, underdeveloped, or underused; identify information uncovered in questions 3-4 that is ineffective,outdated, or impractical.8.Draw connections between the weak spots identified from questions 5-7 and potential behavioral solutions found in questions 1-4, deduce or further investigatevia literature searches ways to use, develop, or increase application of underusedimportant behavioral information in law, deduce or identify alternatives toineffective applications of behavioral information via literature searches.
Hypothesized Information Source Accessibility of Consumption WorkgroupSource TypeLikelihood of WorkgroupAccessPurpose for ResearchObjective
Workgroup InformationBoardHighBackground: Gatheringwhat is likely known andinferring what is thereforemissing or unknown to theWorkgroup.Search EngineResults/General Popular SourcesHighBackground: See above.Source of descriptive facts.Popular Sources gearedtoward professionalsMedium-HighBackground, as well assources of new, concise, or readily extractable andunderstandable information,and source of descriptivefacts.Published BooksLow-MediumBackground, theses, newapplications, arguments, andsource of arguable and/or normative claims.Scholarly Journal ArticlesLowBackground on informationcurrently available but lessvisible, technology, “cuttingedge” descriptive facts, potential for new or unrealized application.
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