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

How Your Diet Can Save You and the Planet

By Clair Brown, Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Buddhist Economics
Is eating a healthy diet and worrying about climate change too much to handle? Here's a doable way that makes a big difference.

How to Be Happy

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
What is a happy self? In ancient times, happiness meant fulfilling your nature—both your human nature and your uniqueness as a member of the community. Times have changed.

Why Does God Want to Kill Me?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in iAge
We are meant to die. It is nature's way of making our species survive. But our strategy as humans has been to develop a large brain and to live longer, to which there's a downside.

Why Do We Love the View From High Above?

By Andrea Bartz on September 19, 2017 in The Wandering Mind
The weird psychological reason you'll take an elevator to the 102nd floor.

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

I Am Not an Addict!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Naked Truth
Addiction is at epidemic levels in the United States. For most struggling with addiction, self-deception is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery.

Maybe You Should Get Married

By Zack Carter Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Clear Communication
Before you make a copy of your house key, read this before cohabitating.

A Grand Theory of Personality and Environment

By Peter T. Coleman Ph.D. on September 14, 2017 in The Five Percent
What matters, personality or environment? Exploring 10 big ideas on peace and justice from Morton Deutsch.

What You Can Do to Help in Natural Disasters

By Kimberly Key on September 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
From the massive destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to Mexico's 8.1 earthquake and the 65 ongoing wildfires, people can feel overwhelmed. Here are some ways to help.

Back to School: Therapists Design for Life

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Design on My Mind
In the hands of clinical psychologists, Design Psychology can be a “design therapy” that (like art therapy) helps clients move more healthily along their life journey.

What You Should Know When Disaster Strikes

Recovery and healing are possible following a natural disaster. Here's how.

Lessons From Hurricane Irma

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Social Lights
A list and a meditation.

A Journey to Ecocentrism: Earth Jurisprudence and Rewilding

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Ecocentrism argues that a nature-centered view is essential for the future of our magnificent planet. Earth jurisprudence recognizes humans as one part of a community of beings.
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Rich People’s Problems

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in This Is America
As they address their lifestyles, affluent urban folks emphasize traditional values. They deal with discomfort about privilege by managing influential affect and not inequality.

This Is What Happens When Science Is Rejected

By Azadeh Aalai Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in The First Impression
What are the connections between the recent weather catastrophes across the globe and the Trump administration's policies regarding science and climate change?
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Suicide Shrines

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on September 10, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some locations or events can inspire numerous life-ending acts. The allure might be obvious or obscure.

Neither Ghost Nor Machine: The Emergence and Nature of Us

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in Ambigamy
The biggest gap in psychology finally filled, an explanation for why things matter to you but not to your computer, bed or car.

How to Love Unconditionally

What does it actually mean to love someone, especially our kids, unconditionally? Don't fall into the pitfalls of modern times. Here are four ways to be....

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 2

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Insight Therapy
We fancy ourselves rational and independent, eager to learn and adapt. But are we?

One Simple Question for Modern Humans Who Want to Be Happy

Our minds must operate in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Yet their underlying hardware was molded in a tribal context on the African Savanna. How can we make this work?

Design Empathy

Designing with empathy is designing for everyone's comfort.

What Do You Do When Someone Is Wrong?

By Peter Bregman on August 28, 2017 in How We Work
Discover the lines of reasoning that actually break through to people who subscribe to conspiratorial, irrational, and unscientific theories.

Wilderness Psychology

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Camping in the wilderness is an experience unlike any other. It has its downsides, especially in the Australian Outback, but the upsides include therapeutic bird watching!

What's the Key to Winning Hearts and Minds?

You can’t change someone else’s mind or their habits. The harder you try, the more resistance you face, and frustrated you become. But, there is a better way.

The Mediterranean Diet and ADHD

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in Suffer the Children
New research finds a correlation between an unhealthy diet—and a dysfunctional family environment—with an increased risk of a child getting an ADHD diagnosis.

On Children...

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Children today are not what they used to be, even 50 years ago – because times and societies have changed, but then it was never very clear what they were anyway...
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Awe, Happiness, and the Solar Eclipse

Upon seeing the solar eclipse, people are reporting feeling a boost to well-being. Is this coincidental or is it related to the eclipse? The science of character has some answers.

Are Older People Wiser?

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Memory worsens as we get older, but research also suggests that our strategy for the way that we process thoughts and information changes for the better.

Animal Well-Being, Compassionate Conservation, and Rewilding

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Animal Emotions
In an interview with the Charter for Animal Compassion's Rob Percival, we discuss the importance of treating other animals with deep respect and the value of personal rewilding.