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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 96: 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 ...