Environmental psychology

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"We shape our buildings and our buildings shape us." - Churchill

Environmental psychology = the effects of our enviroment on our psychology and the effects it has on our outcomes in life.

"Traditionally, the field of environmental psychology has emphasized how the physical environment affects human thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. However, much recent environmental research has stressed the other side of the coin - how human actions affect the environment." (Oskamp & Schultz, 1998, p. 206)


Although "environmental psychology" is arguably the best-known and more comprehensive description of the field, it is also known as environmental social sciences, architectural psychology, socio-architecture, ecological psychology, ecopsychology, behavioral geography, environment-behavior studies, person-environment studies, environmental sociology, social ecology, and environmental design research.


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"Some religious philosophers (e.g., Ophuls, 1977; White, 1967) have argued that the materialism of Western societies is largely the result of Christian beliefs...A related problem stems from the fact that many passages from the Bible indicate that humans were created to rule over nature." (Oskamp & Schultz, 1998, p. 210)

Possible topics within environmental psychology include:

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  1. Oskamp, S., & Schultz, P. W. (1998). Environmental issues: Energy and resource conservation. In S. Oskamp & P. W. Schultz (1998). Applied social psychology (2nd ed.) (Ch11, pp. 205 - 228). Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.

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