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David Morgan

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 96: Environmental Psychology

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Environmental Psychology
Environmental psychology

Have you ever wondered why you feel anxious and a bit agitated in the midst of a large crowd of people, such as when filing into a football stadium prior to kickoff? Or why, conversely, you tend to feel relaxed and serene when sitting next to a mountain stream? Or maybe you've noticed that certain kinds of seating arrangements in school classrooms seem to provoke considerable interaction and class participation, while others appear to stifle any kind of verbal or interpersonal activity. If you've ever contemplated the various ways, both positive and negative, in which the physical environment influences your thoughts and actions, then you have something in common with those who call themselves environmental psychologists. As a subfield of the larger ...

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