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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All Are Responsible to All

Everyone is part of an ecology, and the most effective way to prevent individual violence, far before it even becomes an issue, is to care for the wider ecology.

Me Too Movement Confronts an Ancient Problem

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 21, 2018 in The Human Beast
More than a third of female workers report being sexually harassed at work. Why is the problem so common?

Countertransference in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 19, 2018 in Beyond Freud
By recognizing the complex interplay between patient and analyst in the sessions, the analyst helps the patient understand the nature and origin of his/her maladaptive interactions

How to Get on the Path to Self Actualization

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Moral Landscapes
Maslow had advice for those who wanted to become self-actualizers. In his book The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, he gave eight suggestions.

How to Harnesses the Power of Listening

By Michael Woodward Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Spotting Opportunity
Are you listening to the wrong people? Three tips on being a smarter listener.

Jordan Peterson’s Flimsy Philosophy of Life

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Hot Thought
Some people are taking Jordan Peterson to be profound about the nature of morality, reality, and life. How well do his views stand up to philosophical scrutiny?

Jordan Peterson Knows What You’re Thinking

By Guest Blogger on February 13, 2018 in The Guest Room
The rockstar of contemporary psychology strips the mythology off many divisive beliefs.

Them! And Us

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in The Infested Mind
Where did we learn to be frightened by hockey masks and chainsaws? The movies, of course. And films have promoted a fear of insects, from giant ants to brain-boring antlions.

The Psychopath Next Door

Under ancestral conditions, one’s social world was limited. So people had to play nice. Urbanization has changed all that - opening the door for psychopaths in our world.

The Illusory Nature of the Objective

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Boost!
Subjective perception and interpretation are imperative to understanding and assessing human behavior and performance—both others’ and our own.

Wooing with Song and Mating for Life

By Lydia Denworth on February 12, 2018 in Brain Waves
We fall in love with our eyes and ears. That's why communication is so important, for people and for songbirds.

Love in the Time of Perfectionism

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 12, 2018 in ExperiMentations
New research examines our attitudes and decisions regarding three different kinds of perfectionism and romantic relationships.

Your Distracted Mind at Work, Part 2

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on February 11, 2018 in Career Transitions
Distracted all the time? Here are ten tips to improve your focus and increase flow.

Companion Animals Help People with Mental Health Problems

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Animal Emotions
A review of 17 international research papers studied the extent, nature, and quality of the evidence that living with a companion animal had positive, negative, or neutral impacts.

A Sound Argument

A stressful environment can break your heart

Feeling Lucky?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Evil Deeds
Do we really make our own luck?

The Benefits of Learning Outdoors

By Lydia Denworth on February 09, 2018 in Brain Waves
What's the best to motivate students to learn? At least some time studying outdoors seems to help.

Ghosts, Zombies, Vampires, and the Apocalypse

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in The Hero Within
Horror is today's most profitable film genre. Why do we like these movies, and what are they telling us?

Nature vs. Nurture vs. Gut Bacteria?

By Benjamin M. Seitz on February 09, 2018 in Hardwired to Learn
Psychologists subscribe to the equation, Behavior = Genes + Experience. New research into the microbiome is suggesting this equation is not as simple as it sounds.

Techlash: Foxconn's Wisconsin Con & Bitcoin's Carbon Bubble

More and more Americans are getting mad about the massive losses to environmental well-being hidden by all the wizardry and hype surrounding digital devices and cryptocurrencies.

A Brain Stimulation Device May Power Healing

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in Talking About Trauma
A novel method aims to treat neurological disorders by promoting neuroplastic healing.

Choreography for the Birds

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in The Human Beast
When Darwin was a young man, religious people took to the hills, fields, streams, and moors to pursue enthusiasms for birds, butterflies, and flowers. Here's why.

Do Conservatives Have a Monopoly on Antiscientific Thinking?

In recent years, conservatives have rejected scientific consensus on global warming and evolution. But new psychological research asks: Are both sides selectively antiscientific?

Science to Fit Your Preferences?

Why using search engines is probably not the best way to start learning about scientific controversies.
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Dreaming and Waking: Which Is More of an Illusion?

Scientific, religious, and philosophical views on the strange yet compelling realism of dreams.

Work with Other Parents to Create a Healthy Sports Culture

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in The Power of Prime
Your goal, in collaboration with other sport parents, is to actively create an environment that will establish a healthy foundation for your children’s sports experiences.

R & Deism: A Religious Fable Children's Story

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 25, 2018 in Ambigamy
Though I happen to be an atheist, I'm human and therefore prone to fantasy and delusion. Here's a healthy delusion I've crafted for those who believe in a higher power or God.

Why Do People Think Such Nutty Things?

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in The Hero Within
Fights over conflicting viewpoints, including those between young adults and their parents, are common in life.

Profanity Can Be Therapeutic AF

By Dan Mager MSW on January 22, 2018 in Some Assembly Required
Profanity is beneficial beyond adding emphasis and color to our language. Its benefits may surprise you.

3 Reasons Why (Smart) People Do Dumb Things

By Jen Kim on January 22, 2018 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Here's why intelligence and smart living have nothing in common.