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Ch. 6 notes - Behavior Knowledge and Human Environments The...

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Behavior, Knowledge and Human Environments The knowledge that people acquire about their environment helps shape their attitudes and behaviors. This knowledge is acquired through experience and it changes as we get older The experience is filtered by personal and group characteristics (gender, age, religious beliefs, living place, etc.) Place-Making Human beings have an innate sense of territoriality Territoriality : the persistent attachment of individuals or peoples to a specific location or territory. Ethology – the formation and evolution of human customs and beliefs - The behavior of an animal in its environment Proxemics – the study of the social and cultural meanings that people give to personal space.\ - Territorial behavior (“their” seat in a classroom/ on a bus - Regular use – or always sitting in the same seat, gives an individual a claim to the seat. - Personal spaces can also be marked ( jacket, backpack) to indicate that it has already been taken.
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