Driving cars and living in high-rise apartments are relatively new experiences for the human species, but they demonstrate that we are particularly good at adapting to a diverse range of landscapes. Environmental psychology explores how physical spaces influence the way we feel, think, and interact with the world. Specialists in the field investigate everything from stressful designs in urban landscapes to the therapeutic effects of the outdoors on children.

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National Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on February 16, 2017 in Sure Recovery
Why family-based recovery is important.

Rethinking the College Mental Health Crisis

By Kristen Lee Ed.D., LICSW on February 14, 2017 in Reset 24/7
Do bubble wrap and special snowflake myths distract us from the realities today's students face? A biopsychosocial lens can help us find ways to cultivate agility and resilience.

Military Training Changes Who We Find Attractive

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 14, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Do you have a 'type'? Research shows that exposure to a tough environment, such as an army boot camp, can change your type -- altering the kinds of faces you are most attracted to.

Mindfulness and Activism

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Boundless
The connection between mindfulness and activism.

Sex and its Divine Nature

Why does our sexual appetite come and go? Is sex an activity that brings pleasure because it nurtures our ego? Or is it the opposite? Is sex so good because it disrupts our ego?

What Your ZIP Code Says About You

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Talking Apes
Where you lives tells a lot about what kind of person you are.

The Burden of Memory (part 2)

If most of our memories are false, how can we decide who we are?

Is American Individualism Bad for the Environment?

The ecological crisis can be beat if Americans join the fight for environmental justice. But in the process we would have to transform the culture of American individualism.
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When a Psychological Disorder Becomes Normal

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
When we abuse nature, we are really only abusing ourselves. We are connected to nature. And our survival depends on us being able to sense the connection.

Humans and Animals: Global Problems and Humane Solutions

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Humans and Animals" stresses that animals are not just beings "out there." Rather, they are embedded in our existence at every scale and in every environment.

Sex, Beauty, and Climate Change: Flycatchers are Less Flashy

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Climate change is reeking havoc on the behavior and reproduction of numerous animals. A long-term study of male flycatchers shows warmer temperatures make them less attractive.

Recognizing and Treating STDs

Do you have a mental illness or an STD?

Psychology's Grand Unified Theory

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
A grand unified theory of psychology has been developed.

Boys Will Be Boys—Even If Raised Believed to Be Girls

Boys born seeming to be girls and socialised as such revert to male after puberty in ~90% of cases, providing an acid test of nature versus nurture.

Are Your Circadian Rhythms Out of Whack? Try Pitching a Tent

By Christopher Bergland on February 02, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending the weekend on a camping trip with minimal artificial light exposure and an abundance of natural light can reset your internal circadian clock, according to a new study.

Why Do People Follow Tyrants?

By Jean Kim M.D. on February 02, 2017 in Culture Shrink
A look at why bad leaders still succeed in gaining followers.

Arousing Curiosity May Help Take the Politics Out of Science

By Christopher Bergland on February 01, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new Yale-led study has pinpointed a simple antidote that may help us take the politics out of science.

The Importance of Reducing Stress During Pregnancy

How is prenatal stress affecting you and your developing baby? Simple stress reduction skills can make a difference.

Personal Risk in a Time of Public Uncertainty

The recent entry ban by President Trump may seem remote from the topic of household hazards, but risk is relative.

What We Know About Fake News

Unfortunately, fake news is everywhere now. But what does it mean? Is there any data on the impact of fake news in our society?

Does Truth Still Exist, or Are There Just Alternative Facts?

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Kellyanne Conway, advisor to President Trump, introduced a new term into most people’s lexicon: “alternative facts.” What does this phrase tell us about what it means to be human?

The Neurochemistry of Power Conversations

You will recognize this situation: The boss gathers all the teams reporting to business unit heads, including you, for a meeting. Why doesn't it work?

Noblesse Oblige in a “Let Them Eat Cake” Nouveau Riche Era

By Christopher Bergland on January 25, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
All too often, a "greed is good" mentality makes people behave selfishly. This post presents anecdotal and empirical evidence that reaffirm the benefits of generosity and kindness.

Get Outside to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Being surrounded by nature, even for just an hour, helps improve mental and physical wellbeing. Learn the amazing benefits of having access to "green spaces."

A Time to Keep Silence

Solitude. Discovering the essential nature of one's individuality.

Fake News 'Vaccine' Inoculates Against 'Alternative Facts'

By Christopher Bergland on January 22, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Fake news has become an epidemic that often goes viral. Luckily, an international team of social psychologists recently identified a simple way to inoculate against fake news.

Should Animals Sue Scientists for Libel?

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on January 22, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Despite a vast amount of data showing otherwise, scientists persist in attributing demonic deeds to non-human animals.

Is Humanity's "Moral Sense" Inherited or Nurtured?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Humans inherit many things from their ancestors beyond genes. Darwin argued with evidence that humanity's "moral sense" is part of their nature, not against it. Where did it go?

Virtual Reality and Dream Research

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Virtual reality environments may be used to influence dream content patterns

Sensory Marketing; The Smell of Cinnamon That Made Me Buy

While we like to think that we know why we make the decisions we make, we are in fact controlled by hidden biological forces more than we would like to admit.