Psychology Notes Ch 16 Environmental Psychology

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Ch 16. Environmental Psychology Environmental Psychology —Interdisciplinary field focused on the interplay between humans and their surroundings. Human overpopulation —the most serious threat to our survival today. Situationist theory —attempts to explain how behavior can be changed as a result of stimuli or an event in the environment. EX: recycling—some people are too lazy to recycle. If places were more Readily available to recycle then they would. Transactional theories —emphasize the reciprocal or biodirectional nature of people —environment relations. Focuses on the interdependence that exists between humans and their communities. People’s behavior affect the environment and the environment affects our behavior. Kaplan —found in a study that office workers were more willing to decorate their
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Unformatted text preview: offices with natural decoration when they learned that mere exposure to natural settings has been found to lower people’s blood pressure. • More people are found to be proactive about something if it is known they will receive something in return. EX: recycling does give back a return but still not enough people recycle. Stern and Gardner —found that the majority of energy consumption in the U.S. occurs within commercial and industry sectors, rather than in people’s private residences. • Advocated that energy-efficiency campaigns begin targeting entire industries rather than solely targeting individuals in residential settings. Some people think life is short, why bother? • If everyone did their share, the world would be a much different place....
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2009 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Negy during the Fall '07 term at University of Central Florida.

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