Driving cars and living in high-rise apartments are relatively new experiences for the human species, but demonstrate that we are particularly good at adapting to a diverse range of physical landscapes. Environmental psychology explores how physical spaces influence the way we feel, think, and interact with the world and vice versa. Specialists in the field investigate everything from architecture to wildlife conservation, and climate change to outdoor recreation, all in an effort to better understand how both natural and manmade environments influence human behavior. Environmental psychologists are developing studies on topics like stressful designs in urban landscapes and the therapeutic effects of the outdoors on children.

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Environment Blogs

  • Design on My Mind

    Psychology as design tool.
  • Eric Charles, Ph.D.

    Fixing Psychology

    The once and future behaviorism.
  • Toby Miller, Ph.D. and Richard Maxwell, Ph.D.

    Greening the Media

    How media technology contributes to the global ecological crisis.
  • Lindsay J. McCunn


    Where environment meets psychology.
  • Rachel Clark

    Mothering Nature

    How to unleash an epic force for harmony on Earth
  • Richard Louv

    People in Nature

    Exploring the natural world's psychological effects on human beings
  • Shawn Meghan Burn, Ph.D.

    Presence of Mind

    Understanding environmental and other social problems.
  • Kathryn Miles, Ph.D.

    The Eco-Narrative

    From the call of the wild