Psychology, communication and the arts

Clean Coal by Simon Maberly

The arts can provide powerful ways to challenge, inform and engage people in conversations about global challenges. As well,  it's vital that we understand people's underlying world views, psychology, values and behaviour as these play a key role in shaping their attitudes to climate change, the energy transistion and disaster solutions. Insights into these perspectives can then help determine the way that we communicate about these challenges. framed in ways that engage with the world views of target audiences, cognitive dissonance can set in resulting in people continuing to ignore the problem.

Many of the researchers in this field are housed in the Research School of Psychology, ANU School of Sociology, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) and the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU School of Art & Design, ANU School of Music, and we also have a number of Visiting Fellows and Honorary  members.