Kim-Pong Tam


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Kim-Pong Tam is interested in developing psychological models that can be applied to effectively promote environmentally responsible actions. Specifically, his research has three focuses: (i) to investigate how people construe their relationship with the natural world, and the environmental conservation implications of this construal; (ii) to understand the social dynamics and the collectivistic motivations behind people's responses to environmental problems; and (iii) to explain cross-national variations regarding environmental attitude and pro-environmental behavior through theories and concepts from cross-cultural psychology. Tam is also interested in the dynamics of culture and psychology; he studies how people perceive their own culture, and the psychological implications of these perceptions.


Tam, K-P., & Chan, H-W. (2018). Generalized trust narrows the gap between environmental concern and pro-environmental behavior: Multilevel evidence. Global Environmental Change, 48, 182-194.

Chan, H-W., Pong, V., & Tam, K-P. (2017). Cross-national variation of gender differences in environmental concern: Testing the sociocultural hindrance hypothesis. Environment and Behavior.

Liu, Z., Liu, X-x., Hong, Y-y., Brockner, J., Tam, K-P., & Li, Y-m. (2017). Is individual bribery or organizational bribery more tolerable in China (versus in the United States)? Advancing theory on the perception of corrupt acts. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 143, 111-128.

Tam, K-P., & Chan, H-W. (2017). Environmental concern has a weaker association with pro-environmental behavior in some societies than others: A cross-cultural psychology perspective. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, 213-223.

Tam, K-P. (2015). Understanding intergenerational cultural transmission through the role of perceived norms. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 1260-1266.

Leung, A. K-Y., Koh, K., & Tam, K-P. (2015). Being environmentally responsible: Cosmopolitan orientation predicts pro-environmental behaviors. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 43, 79-94.

Tam, K-P. (2013). Concepts and measures related to connection to nature: Similarities and differences. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 34, 64-78.

Tam, K-P., Lee, S-L., & Chao, M. M. (2013). Saving Mr. Nature: Anthropomorphism enhances connectedness to and protectiveness toward nature. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 514-521.


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