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.

Recent posts on Environment

Science Is Not Just a Matter of Opinion

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 02, 2016 in Saving Normal
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion facts"

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks

By Christopher Bergland on December 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Rage is contagious. If you, or someone you know, is a "rageaholic" this blog post offers five science-based ways to break the vicious cycle of Intermittent Explosive Disorder.

Trauma Documented Three Decades After Chernobyl Disaster

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
To this day, those affected by the explosion continue to struggle, living in fear of long-lasting consequences such as birth defects and contaminated foods.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"

Vanishing Grandmothers and the Decline of Empathy

Find out why empathy is declining, why grandmothers matter, and why disappearing cultures can show us a unique recipe to nurture compassionate children and happy people.

Are Kids Born, or Made Into, Emotional Overeaters?

Are the roots of emotional overeating in childhood?

You Can Catch a Bad Mood

We must be mindful of the people we associate with in order to protect our psychological health.

Darwin’s Parenting Tips

For many of us, parenting is our #1 priority and challenge. Here is some guidance on the process brought to you by good old evolutionary psychology.
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What Kind of Religion is Vedanta?

Vedanta asserts that, whether we know and accept it or not, we are all engaged in the same endeavour: the search for God.

Lose Your Phone, Find Your Body

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 27, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
As technology helps us live more and more distractedly, it becomes both more important and less likely for us to engage positively with our bodies, as subjects not objects.

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

Winter Holiday Weight Gain and Related Biological Causes

There are seasonal biological changes that facilitate an increase in our caloric intake.

The Brittle World of Peanut Allergy

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on November 24, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
Any food allergy, but particularly one to peanuts, is potentially life-threatening. Those affected currently have very little choice other than to avoid the culprit food.

Prehistoric Languages… and Prehistoric Minds? Part II

The linguistic mind of our great, great [...] great grandparents


By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in This Is America
Monsters, real and imagined, take shape from the interplay between the inherent fears of human nature and a specific historical context.

Why We Choose the Words We Use

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on November 21, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
Can psychology restore your linguistic options? Or are trendy words and phrases destined for the junk heap?

Reflections from Standing Rock

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Between the Lines
A report from Standing Rock and our attempt to stand in solidarity with native people who are fighting for their right to water, land, and liberation

What Is Voluntary Action?

What is will? Science is beginning to unravel this mystery.

Huh? Gut Bugs Change Cancer Therapy?

Make your bacteria work for you—without paying for it.

4 Ways Your Front Yard Can Make You Happier

By Jamie Littlefield on November 18, 2016 in Placed
Re-thinking your front yard may result in an unanticipated sense of well-being.

Stressed Out? Take a Hike!

Is your life wearing you out? A completely free, accessible cure is just a few steps away.

Day Care Is Much More Than Babysitting

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in The Teenage Mind
Quality day care fosters cognitive, physical, and social development. Day care is more than babysitting, much more.

Why People Adopted Agriculture

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in The Human Beast
The key question about the adoption of agriculture is motivational. Did our ancestors gravitate to the hard labor on farms because they grasped its potential for increasing food?
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The Biology of Bigotry

By James M Sherlock on November 18, 2016 in Great (Ape) Expectations
It is commonly assumed that prejudice is purely a product of society; however, substantial evidence indicates that bigotry may be more deeply rooted than we thought.

Digging Deep

By The Book Brigade on November 17, 2016 in The Author Speaks
Digging in the garden may be the perfect antidote to our tech-heavy times. It connects us not only to the natural world but also to our inner selves.

Remote Northwest Territories Lacking Mental Health Care

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
Lack of access to staff, resources, and community-based treatments impede adequate treatment and prevention strategies in the Northwest Territories.

Early-Life Environment Influences Brain Growth and Behavior

Two recent studies demonstrate that environment influences brain growth and emotional behavior in children and adolescents.

Fighting Climate Change in a Post-Factual Age

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Critical Feeling
Climate change is abstract, distant, and easy to deny. But we can fight it if we know how.

An Open Letter to the Okahoma Pantsuit Nation

Haidt's moral foundations and the principle of similarity are applied to the Pantsuit movement.

Nature vs. Nurture in Brain Science

By Amy Banks on November 10, 2016 in Wired For Love
Are children inherently mean spirited, acting out the unique human capacity to judge and stratify based on their own selfish needs, or are they hard-wired to connect?