Liuna Geng_Nanjing university SSBS


Liuna Geng

Professor Liuna Geng is a social psychologist, whose research focuses on social influence, attitudes and behavior change. Much of her research involves the application of social psychological principles or methods to understand and solve social problems. At a theoretical level, she is interested in social cognitive processes, individual differences in social cognition, and social influence. Recent projects include studies on environmental programs (e.g., air pollution risk warning, energy conservation, recycling, and green marketing etc.), the behavioral dimensions of climate change, cross-cultural research on environmental attitudes, decision making of environmental consumption, and green travel research aimed at encouraging traveler to do more pro-environment behavior.

Office Mailing Address

School of Social and Behavior Sciences

Nanjing University

163 Xinlin Street

Qixia district, Nanjing, Jiangsu, 210023, CN.

Office Phone: +86-25-89680958-310


  •  Research Project 

  •  Academic Visit & International Conference 

  •  Publication 

  •  Awards 

  •  Further Information 



International Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (Selection)

1.       Wu, Z., Geng, L.* (2020). Traveling in haze: How air pollution inhibits tourists' pro-environmental behavioral intentions, Science of the Total Environment,707(10),1–11. (Q1, IF=5.589)

2.       Yang, X., Geng, L.* & Zhou, K. (2020). Environmental pollution, income growth, and subjective well-being: regional and individual evidence from China, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, online. (Q2, IF=3.056)

3.       Yu, X., Geng, L., Chen, Y., Han, C. & Zhu, X. (2020). The Role of Perceptual Interference, Semantic Interference, and Relational Integration in the Development of Analogical Reasoning. Front. Psychol. 11:756. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00756 (Q2, IF=2.067)

4.       Geng, L.*, Chen, Y., Ye, L. et al. (2019). How to predict future pro-environmental intention? The spillover effect of electricity-saving behavior under environmental and monetary framing. Journal of cleaner production, 233,1029-1037. (Q1, IF=6.395)

5.       Geng, L. *, Wu, Z., Zhang, S. et al. (2019). The end effect in air pollution: The role of perceived difference. Journal of Environmental Management, 232, 413–420. (Q1, IF=4.865)

6.       Liu, T., Geng, L. *, Ye, L. et al. (2019). “Mother Nature” enhances connectedness to nature and pro-environmental behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 61, 37–45. (Q1, IF=3.626)

7.       Wang. J., Geng, L.*, Schultz, P. al. (2019).Mindfulness Increases the Belief in Climate Change: The Mediating Role of Connectedness with Nature. Environment & Behavior,51, 3–23. (Q1, IF=4.093)

8.       Wu, Z. Chen, Y., Geng, L.* et al. (2019). Greening in nostalgia? How nostalgic travelling enhances touristspro-environmental behavior. Sustainable Development.1-12. (Q1, IF=3.821)

9.       Geng, L.*, Wang, J., Cheng, L., Zhang, B., & Shen, H. (2019). Mindful Learning improve positive feelings of cancer patients’ family caregivers.International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,16, 248; doi:10.3390/ijerph16020248Q2IF=2.468) 

10.   Xiang, P., Zhang, H. Geng, L.*.et al.(2019). Individualist–Collectivist Differences in Climate Change Inaction: The Role of Perceived Intractability. Fron. Psychol. 10:187. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00187Q2IF=2.067

11.   Wang, J.& Geng, L.* (2019). Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Physical and Psychological Health: Lifestyle as a Mediator. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health,16, 281; doi:10.3390/ijerph16020281 (Q2IF=2.468

12.   Geng, L*. Liu, T., Zhou, K. & Yang, G. (2018). Can power affect environmental risk attitude toward nuclear energy. Energy Policy, 113,87–93. (Q1, IF=4.88)

13.   Tang, Y., Geng, L.*, Schultz, P. W*.et al. (2017). The Effects of Mindful Learning on Pro-environmental Behavior: A Self-expansion Perspective. Consciousness and Cognition, 51,140–148.

14.   Jiang, T., Geng, L.*, Tang, Y. & Ye, L. (2016). The implicit sociometer effect and the moderating role of relational self-construal. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 57, 601–606.

15.   Wang, X., Geng, L.* et al. (2016). Mindful learning can promote connectedness to nature: Implicit and explicit evidence. Consciousness and Cognition, 44, 1–7.

16.   Wang, X., Geng, L.*, Qin, J. & Yao. S. (2016). The potential relationship between spicy taste and risk seeking. Judgement and Decision Making, 11, 547–553.

17.   Geng, L.*, Cheng, X., Tang, Z., Zhou, K., & Ye, L. (2016). Can Previous Pro-Environmental Behaviours Influence Subsequent Environmental Behaviours? The Licensing Effect of Pro-Environmental Behaviours. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology. 10 ,19.

18.   Geng, L.*, Xiang, P., Yang, J. et al. (2016). Association between hair cortisol concentration and perceived stress in female methamphetamine addicts. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 91, 82–86.

19.   Geng, L., Xu, J., Ye, L., Zhou, W., & Zhou, K. (2015). Connections with nature and environmental behaviors, PloS One, 10,e0127247.

20.   Geng, L.*, Zhang, L., & Zhang, D. (2011). Improving spatial abilities through mindfulness: Effects on the mental rotation task. Consciousness and Cognition, 2, 801–806.

Submitted and Manuscript Articles

1.     Measuring Environmental Concern Through International Surveys: A Study of Cross-Cultural Equivalence with Item Response Theory. (under second review)

2.     Protecting the Environment for Self-Benefit: Research in Air Polluted Environments. (under review)

3.     Effects of nature exposure on positive appearance management in women: The serial mediating role of nature connectedness and body appreciation. (under review)

4.     The effects of oceanic soundscape on the temporal discounting of climate change. (under review)

5.     How Does Mobile Phone Addiction Affect Well-being and Mindfulness? A Perspective from Human-Nature Interaction. Submitted.

6.     The Effect of Nostalgia on Temporal Discounting of Environmental Outcomes. Manuscript.

7.     Branded Green: The Association between the Color Green and Environmental. Manuscript.

8.     The influence of rising temperatures on belief in global warming. Manuscript.

9.     The influence of trust on public’s environmental risk perception in China. Manuscript.

10.  The effects of physical cleanliness on environmental protection behavior: the mediating role of morality. Manuscript.

11.  The Changes of Implicit Stress after Attention Bias Modification in Patients with Chronic Pain. Manuscript.

12.  Mindfulness Training Improves First-born Children's Sharing Behavior. Manuscript.


1.         National Social Science Foundation, Social emotions and risk warning caused by haze, 2018-2021

2.         National Social Science Foundation, Study on the stigma of AIDS among drug abusers, 2011-2016

3.         Ministry of Education Foundation, Network public opinion: implicit and explicit aspect, 2010-2013

4.         Social governance of environmental risks, Liberal Arts youth interdisciplinary team project of Nanjing University, 2020-

5.         Key research base of philosophy and social science of Jiangsu universities (Major project),Social mentality in the transition era: take environmental social mentality as an example, 2015-2019

6.         Environmental planning institute of Ministry of environmental protection, the willingness of enterprises to meet the emission standards and its influencing factors, 2016-2017

7.         Environmental planning institute of Ministry of environmental protection,Systematic and coordinated analysis for the public intuitive perceptions and environmental protection goals & tasks, 2015-2016

8.         Nanjing University, Double first-class construction for social science & Arts 100 levels, social mentality and its risk warning: take environmental problems as an example, 2018-2020

9.         Nanjing University, Liberal arts youth innovation team,Collective behavior and social atmosphere, 2014-2016


Education and Academic Appointment

2011-Present  Professor, School of Social and Behavior Sciences, Nanjing University, China

2008-2009    Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute & Department of Psychology, Harvard University, U.S.

2006-2011    Associate Professor, School of Social and Behavior Sciences, Nanjing University, China

2004-2006    Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor, School of Education, Hebei University. China.

2005, spring   Visiting Scholar, the North British Columbia University, Canada.

2004         Ph.D., Beijing Normal University. China

Society Fellowships

Fellow, Chinese Association of Sociology, 2018-

Secretary, Chinese Association of Social Psychology, 2014-2016

Fellow, Chinese Association of Social Psychology, 2010-

Fellow, Chinese Association of Psychology

Fellow, Zijin Think Tank