This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.
Perception is our sensory experience of the environment, involving both the recognition of environmental stimuli and actions in response to these stimuli. It is through neural networks that individuals know about the environment, make plans, and decide upon activities. However, in addition to direct experience of the environment, through the senses of taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell, information is also obtained indirectly from other people, from science and other educational sources, and from the mass media. Information received can be influenced by our own personalities, values, roles and attitudes and environmental perception will also vary with culture – hence environment will not be perceived in the same way in all places. Psychologists investigate the processes of perception but the study of ...