Graduate student Daniel Chapman and Professor Brian Lickel (seen in photo), Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Assistant Professor Ezra Markowitz, Environmental Conservation, have published a new article in Nature Climate Change in November, 2017 entitled "Reassessing emotion in climate change communication." The researchers discuss how climate change communicators may attempt to encourage or impede public engagement in their readers by initiating emotional responses. However, current evidence suggests that emotions are not simple levers that can be pulled to produce a target response, they "may be more effectively considered part of an interpretive and self-regulatory feedback system allowing people to track, update, and modify their understanding of themselves and the world."
Chapman, Lickel, and Markowitz were also cited in a Vox article entitled “Does hope inspire more action on climate change than fear? We don’t know.“ and in The Guardian in an article Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it's complicated, where Daniel Chapman was also quoted on January 4, 2018.