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Research Group for Social Cognitive Studies in Tourism

Leader:

Associate Professor Katharina Wolff, Department of Psychosocial Science

Contact

Research Group for Social Cognitive Studies in Tourism
Department of Psychosocial Science
Christiesgt. 125015 Bergen

Phone: 55 58 31 90
E-mail: post@psysp.uib.no

Members of the research group share an interest in studying the psychology of mobility with an emphasis on the tourist experience, the perception of travel risks (e.g., food risks or terror risks) and travel worries, factors influencing sustainable travel behaviours, social encounters in tourism environments, and the experiences of people working under the “tourist gaze”. We are particularly interested in the tourism domain for studying social cognitive processes involved in peoples’ perception, judgement, and memory of social stimuli; as well as in exploring effects of social and affective factors on people’s information processing.

Group members conduct research on these processes, in the generic sense as well as in various applied areas. Examples of such applied areas include (but are not limited to) psychological responses to the threat of terror attacks, motivators and barriers for considering sustainability issues when making travel choices, and on-site consumption behaviour at the holiday destination. Increasing scientific knowledge on these topics directly informs stakeholders in the tourism industry (e.g., policy-makers, destination managers) but also provides insights into general characteristics of human cognition and behaviour.

PSYCHOLOGY
Illustration photo, terror acts in Norway on 22 July 2011

Tourists feel safer after Utøya terror

The fear of terrorism has decreased amongst tourists in Norway after the terror acts on the island of Utøya island on 22 July 2011.

ECONOMY

Cruise tourists spend less

More and more cruise ships visit the fjords of Western Norway. But cruise tourists only spend a fraction of what other tourists spend.