Spring 2009

Environmental Psychology

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-46

Faculty

Amy P. Demorest (Section 01)

Description

The field of environmental psychology emerged in response to our society’s increasing concern about environmental problems. While it deals with applied problems, the field makes use of theory and research on basic psychological processes to study the relationship between people and their environments. This course introduces students to the methods and findings of the field. In the first half of the course we will examine empirical research on topics such as the effects of environmental qualities (e.g., temperature, light, air pollution) on human functioning; differences in environmental attitudes and activism as a function of various human factors (e.g., culture, personality, gender); and the influence of interventions (e.g., education, reward, punishment) on promoting conservation behavior. In the second half of the course, students will design and conduct their own research projects which focus on one of the topics previously studied. Requisite: Psychology 11 or consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Demorest.