Climatic effects on planning behavior

Yong Liu, Vassilis Kostakos, Hongxiu Li

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Abstract

What mechanism links climate change and social change? Palaeoanthropological analysis of human remains suggests that abrupt climate change is linked to societal restructuring, but it has been challenging to reliably identify the exact mechanisms underlying this relationship. Here we identify one potential mechanism that can link climate to behavior change, and underpins many of the reported findings on social restructuring. Specifically, we show that daily weather is linked to human planning behavior, and this effect is moderated by climate. Our results demonstrate that as weather gets colder, humans increase their planning in cold regions and decrease planning in warm regions. Since planning has previously been linked to group efficiency, cooperation, and societal organization, our work suggests planning is one mechanism that can link climate change to societal restructuring.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0126205
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalPloS one
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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