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View it in a different light: Mediated and moderated effects of dim warm light on collaborative conflict resolution

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posted on 18.12.2018, 14:05 authored by Olga KombeizOlga Kombeiz, Anna Steidle, Erik DietlErik Dietl
How can the physical environment, especially light, facilitate conflict resolution? Previous research has led to no clear answers about optimal lighting conditions in conflict situations and, until now, potential moderators and mediators have been scarcely investigated. Building on research on light-induced cooperativeness, we expected that self-oriented individuals would be influenced by the lighting in social situations such as conflict resolution. In self-oriented individuals, dim warm light should promote interdependent self-construal and, in turn, lead to a preference for collaborative conflict resolution strategies. Two studies confirmed our assumptions, with social dominance orientation and trait interdependent self-construal serving as indicators of individuals' social orientation. Overall, these results provide an explanation for inconsistent previous findings and contribute to the understanding of light-induced changes in social behavior. Limitations as well as practical implications for lighting design in social spaces are discussed.

Funding

The research was funded by Gips-Schule Stiftung (www.gips-schuele-stiftung.de) at the graduate program people inside (www.people-inside.de).

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Journal of Environmental Psychology

Volume

51

Pages

270 - 283

Citation

KOMBEIZ, O., STEIDLE, A. and DIETL, E., 2017. View it in a different light: Mediated and moderated effects of dim warm light on collaborative conflict resolution. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 51, pp.270-283.

Publisher

© Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

09/04/2017

Publication date

2017-04-15

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Environmental Psychology and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.04.007

ISSN

0272-4944

Language

en