Laura Henn (Dr. phil.)


Henn, Laura
+49 561 804-6152
+49 561 804-6116
Wilhelmshöher Allee 47
34109 Kassel
Raum 2140

Research Interest

As an environmental psychologist, I am dedicated to the overarching question of how psychological knowledge about the interaction of humans and their environment can help to promote sustainable lifestyles. People act pro-environmentally if their environmental attitude is sufficiently high to overcome the effort necessary to perform the pro-environmental behavior in question. Therefore, I am interested to find out how the environmental attitude can be increased on the one hand because this would lead to a person showing more effortful pro-environmental behavior. On the other hand, I am interested in how the behavioral environment can be designed in such a way that pro-environmental behavior is easier, requires less effort, and thus more people will engage in it.

In my research, I address topics like spillover phenomena, attitude measurement, behavioral engineering, defining sufficiency as a psychological construct, behavioral costs, 'nudging', and the ecological relevance of psychological constructs (e.g., relationship between sufficiency and natural resource consumption).

Thematically my research encompasses various fields such as sustainable consumption and non-consumption, energy saving, smart-meter-feedback, mobility (e.g., airplane travel, car sharing), recycling behavior (e.g., waste separation, electronic waste), sustainable food, consumer behavior in bioeconomy, and ecological footprint.



Otto, S., Beer, K., Henn, L., & Overbeck, A. (2021). Das Individuum in der nachhaltigen Wirtschaft: Konsum in digitalen, algorithmenbasierten Entscheidungsarchitekturen. In A. Matheis & C. Schwender (Hrsg.), Als gäbe es ein Morgen. Nachhaltigkeit wollen, sollen, können (S. 409–426). Marburg: Metropolis.
Otto, S., Hildebrandt, J., Will, M., Henn, L., & Beer, K. (2021). Tying Up Loose Ends. Integrating Consumers’ Psychology into a Broad Interdisciplinary Perspective on a Circular Sustainable Bioeconomy. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 34, 1–24.
Taube, O., Ranney, M. A., Henn, L., & Kaiser, F. G. (2021). Increasing people’s acceptance of anthropogenic climate change with scientific facts: Is mechanistic information more effective for environmentalists? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 73, 101549.


Warning, B., & Henn, L. (2020). Machen ist wie Wollen, nur krasser: Meinungs- und verhaltensbasierte Messung der Umwelteinstellung im Rahmen des Campbell-Paradigmas. Kurzbericht. Umweltpsychologie, 24(1), 173–182.
Henn, L., Otto, S., & Kaiser, F. G. (2020). Positive spillover: The result of attitude change. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 69, 101429.
Henn, L. (2020). Handeln im Kontext mit ökologischen Folgen: Das Campbell-Paradigma als Beitrag zur Umweltpsychologie und zur Umweltschutzpsychologie. [Dissertationsschrift, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg].
Kaiser, F. G., Henn, L., & Marschke, B. (2020). Financial rewards for long-term environmental protection. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 68, 101411.


Henn, L., & Kaiser, F. G. (2019). Sustainable societies: Committed people in supportive conditions. In J. Hoff, Q. Gausset, & S. Lex (Hrsg.), The role of non-state actors in the Green Transition - Building a Sustainable future (S. 17–33). Abingdon: Routledge.
Kaplan Mintz, K., Henn, L., Park, J., & Kurman, J. (2019). What predicts household waste management behaviors? Culture and type of behavior as moderators. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 145, 11–18.
Henn, L., Taube, O., & Kaiser, F. G. (2019). The role of environmental attitude in the efficacy of smart-meter-based feedback interventions. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 63, 74–81.
Verfuerth, C., Henn, L., & Becker, S. (2019). Is it up to them? Individual leverages for sufficiency. GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 28(4), 374–380.


Ogunbode, C. A., Henn, L., & Tausch, N. (2018). Context-appropriate environmental attitude measurement in Nigeria using the Campbell paradigm. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 22, 2141–2158.
Otto, S., Kibbe, A., Henn, L., Hentschke, L., & Kaiser, F. G. (2018). The economy of E-waste collection at the individual level: A practice oriented approach of categorizing determinants of E-waste collection into behavioral costs and motivation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 204, 33–40.


Kaiser, F. G., & Henn, L. (2017). Nicht alles Gold, was glänzt: Trugschlüsse umweltpsychologischer Verhaltensforschung. Umweltpsychologie, 21(1), 29–42.


Otto, S., Henn, L., Arnold, O., & Kibbe, A. (2015). Die Psychologie des Recyclingverhaltens. In K. J. Thomé-Kozmiensky & D. Goldmann (Hrsg.), Recycling und Rohstoffe (S. 135–147). Neuruppin: Thomé-Kozmiensky Verlag.
Teige-Mocigemba, S., Penzl, B., Becker, M., Henn, L., & Klauer, K. C. (2015). Controlling the “uncontrollable”: Faking effects on the affect misattribution procedure. Cognition and Emotion, 30(8), 1470–1484.

Academic background

since 10/2020
Post-Doctoral Researcher at CESR (University of Kassel; Prof. Andreas Ernst)

PhD (Dr. phil.) in Psychology at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Prof. Florian Kaiser), Germany

Master (M. Sc.) in Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany

Bachelor (B. Sc.) Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany