Wetlands pp 155-169 | Cite as

Wetlands from a Psychological Perspective: Acknowledging and Benefiting from Multiple Realities

  • Rachel Kaplan


Information sharing is a necessity among collaborating team members as well as with many constituencies. It is easy to take it for granted, until it fails to work well. The chapter is largely devoted to what leads to more effective and less frustrating information sharing. Rather than a long list of do’s and don’ts—which are not a very effective way to share information—we use a simple framework that makes it easier to think about the issues. The same framework turns out to be useful for discussing the role that wetlands play in the urban context. For the most part urban residents have little understanding of the experts’ criteria for successful wetlands efforts. To them the wetland is “nature” and nature matters. The chapter thus also includes discussion of the importance of nature to the human consumers of the wetland project. The framework that brings all this together, the Reasonable Person Model (RPM), focuses on how environments or situations people find themselves in can be more supportive of their effectiveness and reasonableness.


Mental Model Model Building Information Sharing Meaningful Action Wetland Restoration 
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The financial support provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Northern Research Station, is gratefully acknowledged. As always, Stephen Kaplan’s contributions extend far beyond his helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Natural Resources and EnvironmentUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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