Behavior and the Built Environment

Environmental Psychology has been defined as:

  • The study of human behaviour and wellbeing in relation to the sociophysical environment (Stokols & Altman, 1987)

  • Branch of Psychology concerned with providing a systematic account of the relationship between a person and the environment (Russell & Snodgrass, 1987)

  • The study of the relationships between behavior & the built & natural environments (Bell, Fisher, Baum, Greene, 1996)

Research Topics

  • Wayfinding

  • Effects of Noise

  • Population Density

  • Effects of High Density on Humans 

  • Effects of Density on Social Behavior 

  • Effects of Crowding 

  • Effects of Urban Life 

  • Environmental Solutions to Urban Problems 

  • Personal Space and Territorial Behavior 

  • Residential Environments 

  • Attachment to Place 

  • Preferences 

  • Satisfaction With the Home Environment 

  • Neighborhood and Community Environments 

  • Institutional Environments 

  • Classroom Settings 

  • Hospital Settings 

  • Museum Environments 

  • Prison Design and Behavior 

  • Designing for the Elderly 

  • Work Environments 

  • Ambient Work Environments 

  • Territoriality and Status 

  • Human Factors

  • Open-Plan vs. Privte Offices

Related Journals

Environment and Behavior (EAB) Environment and Behavior includes topics such as beliefs, meanings, values and attitudes of individuals or groups concerning various environments such as neighborhoods, cities, transport routes and devices, or recreational areas; evaluation and effectiveness of environments designed to accomplish specific objectives; Interrelationships between human environments and behavioral systems; planning, policy and political action aimed at controlling environments and behavior.  

Journal of Environmental Psychology Journal of Environmental Psychology is directed toward individuals in a wide range of disciplines who have an interest in the study of the transactions and interrelationships between people and their sociophysical surroundings (including man-made and natural environments) and the relation of this field to other social and biological sciences and to the environmental professions. The journal publishes internationally contributed empirical studies, reviews of research, and an extensive book review section.  

Architectural Science Review Architectural Science Review is an international refereed journal published by the University of Sydney since 1958 devoted to the science of architecture and the built environment. ASR welcomes submissions of original research papers, articles, and notes in all areas of architectural science, environmental science, environmental sustainability, building economics, audio, acoustics, illumination, history and theory of architectural and building science and technology, and social science pertaining to architecture and the built environment.  

Journal of Urban Affairs The Journal of Urban Affairs focuses on urban research and policy analysis, and it is among the most widely cited journals in the field. The journal accepts theoretical or methodological approaches to metropolitan problems, empirical research, strategies for social change, and innovative ideas about urban policies and programs.



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