Fall 2011

Environmental Psychology

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-246

Formerly listed as: PSYC-46


Amy P. Demorest (Section 01)


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 conduct their own research on a topic of their own choosing.

Requisite:   PSYC 122 or ENST 240, or consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Demorest.


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2011