Kim-Pong TAM 談儉邦
PhD HKU, 2006
Associate Professor

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Full CV
Acknowledging that mitigation of environmental problems requires changes in human behavior, Kim-Pong Tam is developing psychological models that aid effective promotion of environmentally responsible behavior in the public. Specifically, he is investigating (i) how people construe their relationship with the natural world, and the emotional and behavioral implications of such construal; (ii) the socio-political dynamics and collectivistic motivations behind people’s responses to environmental problems; and (iii) cross-national variations regarding environmental attitude and behavior through the lens of cross-cultural psychology.
"Go Green with Psychology" Project:
Research Interests
Environmental psychology
  • pro-environmental behavior, human-nature relationship, culture and environment, cross-cultural environmental psychology
Cultural psychology
  • cultural transmission, value socialization, cultural norms, cultural influence
Representative Publications
(for full list of publications, please refer to my CV)
Environmental psychology
  • Tam, K-P., & Chan, H-W. (2018). Generalized trust narrows the gap between environmental concern and pro-environmental behavior: Multilevel evidence. Global Environmental Change, 48, 182-194.
  • Tam, K-P., & Chan, H-W. (2017). Environmental concern has a weaker association with pro-environmental behavior in some societies than others: A cross-cultural psychology perspective. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, 213-223.
  • Leung, A. K-Y., Koh, K., & Tam, K-P. (2015). Being environmentally responsible: Cosmopolitan orientation predicts pro-environmental behaviors. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 43, 79-94.
  • Tam, K-P. (2013). Dispositional empathy with nature. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 35, 92-104.
  • Tam, K-P. (2013). Concepts and measures related to connection to nature: Similarities and differences. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 34, 64-78.
  • Tam, K-P., Lee, S-L., & Chao, M.M. (2013). Saving Mr. Nature: Anthropomorphism enhances connectedness to and protectiveness toward nature. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 514-52.
Cultural psychology
  • Tam, K-P. (2015). Understanding intergenerational cultural transmission through the role of perceived norms. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 1260-1266.
  • Tam, K-P., & Chan, H-W. (2015). Parents as cultural middlemen: The role of perceived norms in value socialization by ethnic minority parents. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 46, 489-507.
  • ​Tam, K-P., Lee, S-L., Kim, Y-H., Li, Y, & Chao, M.M. (2012). Intersubjective model of value transmission: Parents using perceived norms as reference when socializing children. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1041-1052.
  • Tam, K-P., & Lee, S-L. (2010). What values do parents want to socialize in their children: The role of perceived normative values. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 41, 175-181.
  • Zou, X., Tam, K-P., Morris, M.W., Lee, S.L., Lau, I.Y.M., & Chiu, C.Y. (2009). Culture as common sense: Perceived consensus versus personal beliefs as mechanisms of cultural influence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 579-597.
Courses Taught
  • SOSC 1960: Discovering Mind and Behavior
  • SOSC 2210: Social Psychology
  • SOSC 3540: Environmental Psychology

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