Community and Environmental Psychology

In this subdiscipline: 13 papers

Discipline summary

Environmental psychology studies the relationships between humans and their surrounding environment. Environments include: natural environments, social buildings, built environments, learning environments and informational environments (media and the internet especially), organizational environments: ergonomics, workplace, urban, retail, commercial, public spaces such as parks, etc.

It uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods with a lot of cross-discipline work where you get to collaborate with geographers, economists, policy-makers, sociologists, anthropologists, educators and product developers.

Other areas involved within Environmental Psychology are: human factors science, cognitive ergonomics, 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.

Popular papers

  1. In this article, we attempt to distinguish between the properties of moderator and mediator variables at a number of levels. First, we seek to make theorists and researchers aware of the importance of not using the terms moderator and mediator…
  2. Dunlap and Van Liere’s New Environmental Paradigm (NEP) Scale, published in 1978, has become a widely used measure of proenvironmental orientation. This article develops a revised NEP Scale designed to improve upon the original one in several…
  3. Numerous theoretical frameworks have been developed to explain the gap between the possession of environmental knowledge and environmental awareness, and displaying pro-environmental behavior. Although many hundreds of studies have been undertaken,…
  4. Different conceptual perspectives converge to predict that if individuals are stressed, an encounter with most unthreatening natural environments will have a stress reducing or restorative influence, whereas many urban environments will hamper…
  5. Resilience, of individuals, is a well-established concept in the psychology/ mental health literatures, but has been little explored in relation to communities. Related theory in the community development and social impact assessment literature…
  6. Environmental attitudes (EA), a crucial construct in environmental psychology, are a psychological tendency expressed by evaluating the natural environment with some degree of favour or disfavour. There are hundreds of EA measures available based on…
  7. Urbanicity presents a challenge for the pursuit of sustainability. High settlement density may offer some environmental, economic, and social advantages, but it can impose psychological demands that people find excessive. These demands of urban life…
  8. This article presents the results of a qualitative analysis of 80 articles, chapters, and practitoners' guides focused on collaboration and coalition functioning. The purpose of this review was to develop an integrative framework that captures the…
  9. ... marsh in terms of being away, fascination, coherence, and compatibility, qualities of restorative person-environment trans- actions described in attention restoration theory. ... vegetation is no longer flushed out on a regular basis and areas…
  10. The first of two exploratory studies investigated the conflict management approaches of 310 South Korean leaders. Each recalled the most recent dispute they had encountered either between two subordinates or between a subordinate and a person…