Emotions toward Wildlife

By dr. ir. Maarten Jacobs - Social scientists have learned a lot about human responses to wildlife by studying cognitive phenomena, such as wildlife value orientations, norms, beliefs, attitudes, etc. Emotions, however, have be neglected by and large.

Since emotions form an important basis of responses and behaviour toward wildlife, knowledge about emotional dispositions and reactions is crucial to understand human – wildlife interactions. The objectives of this project are to understand emotions toward different species, in different contexts and in different cultures, to unravel the psychological mechanisms that constituted these emotions toward wildlife, and to study the predictive potential of emotions for other mental dispositions and processes that are important for policy makers and managers (e.g. attitudes toward wildlife, acceptability of wildlife management actions).

Research group:
dr. ir. Maarten Jacobs

prof. dr. Jerry Vaske (Colorado State University, USA)