Keizer and his colleagues have probed the Broken Window phenomena: when people see signs of petty neighborhood neglect, such as litter and graffiti, they are more likely to engage in similar violations of social norms.
Follow Behavioral Norms
Reminders of money, even if they are very subtle, influence human behavior. So can physical factors that make us likely to follow the behavioral norms of a space.
Mirrors seem to reduce prejudiced behavior.
Trash cans can be redesigned to reduce littering.
Research recently completed in the United Kingdom shows that being "green" is becoming the social norm.
Watch cars with lots of bumper stickers carefully.
Janneke Joly’s dissertation research details how thinking about other people influences us toward positive behavior.
Sound can be used to define spaces at a room, building, or city level, with soundscapes affecting patterns of social association, physical movement and interaction.
Differences in individual behavior prevent scarce resources from being exhausted, researchers from the Universities of Freibourg and Bonn found.
Specific sorts of behaviors can be encouraged by appropriate signage.