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

Holiday Conversations in a Polarized World

In today’s highly polarized political climate, even time spent with family and friends can quickly turn contentious.

Be Home

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
The responsive and reactive modes of living are the foundation of human nature. We have no choice about the vital aims they serve. Our only choice is which mode we’re in.

Walking in Natural Environments Nourishes Parent-Child Bonds

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending time together in nature increases family cohesion, according to a new study.

Our Entomophobic Culture

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
The playfulness of the Itsy Bitsy Spider can’t compete with the image of a frightened Little Miss Muffet. Nursery rhymes and adult stories tell us that insects are terrifying.
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When Should You Trust Your Gut? Here's What the Science Says

By Al Pittampalli on November 16, 2017 in Are You Persuadable?
Without the answer, you can't be an effective decision maker.

Saving Silence: Finding Quiet in a Chaotic World

By Anna Akbari Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Startup Your Life
When is the last time you were truly in just one place and not on-call to the rest of the world?

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

Domestic Violence Victims Kept Silent by Trump’s Policies

It's vital to create a safe and supportive environment for a person looking to escape an abusive situation. Our current immigration policies do not create such an environment.

Metaphoria by Design

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Architecture and interior design can use storytelling metaphors to elicit emotions and thus be transformative in relation to our own journeys.

The Workplace Bully and The Office Sociopath

Individuals who are competent, successful, cooperative and unlikely to confront the bully, or take action when bullied, are particularly susceptible to workplace bullying.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

Your Primal Wound: What Happened in Childhood?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Psychosynthesis considers a human life to move toward self-realization but many get detoured by their primal woundedness. How does that happen?

Do Tidy Households Have Fewer Bugs?

Cleaning sure has its benefits. But does cleaning impact the the diversity of bug biomes in homes?

The Psychology and Mathematics of Time in Aging

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on November 11, 2017 in iAge
How we see time is an indication of our life story. We might be accessing cues from both our body and the environment that tells us when that final curtain is likely to be.

Are We Environmental Criminals?

Are we—are you—environmental criminals? And how do we feel about it?

Cultural Keywords

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Between Cultures
Cultural keywords reveal values, ways of thinking and feeling in different cultures.

The Ravages of Nature: Human and Otherwise

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on November 08, 2017 in Tried and True
When tragic events occur, we can choose to focus on what still is good in life, create stability within, and consequently cope well and act in more effective ways.

A Question Everyone's Afraid to Ask

By Kaja Perina on November 07, 2017 in Brainstorm
The meta-question in psychology is now "What questions are off limits?" Increasingly, the answer is "Any inquiry that interferes with people's sense of how the world should work."

Are You Creating Your Own Nightmare in Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Compassion Matters
In our adult relationships, we often select, distort, and provoke our partners to recreate dynamics from our past. How can we stop this cycle?
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I Spy With My Little Eye

Who is watching you and why?

10 Reasons American Teenagers Are More Anxious Than Ever

We're robbing American teenagers of the mental strength they need to stay healthy.

Stress Can Kill

Is the current state of the nation and the planet causing you constant stress? Here's what you can do about it.

Key Management Skills For the Increasingly "Agile Workforce"

By Victor Lipman on November 01, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
With fewer employees and more freelancers, the character of the workforce is rapidly changing. If communication is king in this increasingly remote environment, clarity is queen.

Decreasing Pesticide Intake Can Improve Fertility in Women

A new study just published in JAMA shows the benefits of eating low-pesticide residue fruits and vegetables for women who are undergoing infertility treatment.

Places Influence Well-being More Than Possessions

By Jamie Littlefield on October 31, 2017 in Placed
Need a quick pick-me-up? New research shows that visiting a beloved place can influence your sense of joy, connectedness, and calm more than material possessions.
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How to Find Inner Peace

Extended periods of stillness are a key process in our developing inner peace.

Gambling With Natural Disasters

Life’s a gamble, but are you gambling with your life?

Jane Goodall: Iconic Conservationist and Pillar of Hope

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A brief biographical sketch of the woman who changed how we view humans and other animals.

The Non-Hollywood Perspective of Prison

If you can live through prison, you can truly live through anything.

Research Into Borderline Disorder: A Mindless Assumption

When studying emotional reactions, psychological researchers often look at people as though their feelings are all generated completely from inside their heads.