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 the subjective way in which people image the natural and built environment. The perceived environment is converted according to an individual's beliefs, knowledge and experience to a cognized environment which forms the basis for action. Whereas perception relates to the neurophysiological processes of the reception of stimuli from a person's surroundings through sight, smell and hearing, cognition involving memory, experience, values, evaluation and judgement is also necessary to achieve environmental construction by an individual. Perception in psychology is the process of acquiring and organizing sensory information. Information is stored in the brain in the form of cognitive maps and it is in neural networks that individuals know and think about environment.

In addition to understanding how people individually and collectively achieve understanding of ...

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