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Environmental Psychology

  1. Robert B. Bechtel

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0311

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Bechtel, R. B. 2010. Environmental Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Arizona

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Environmental psychology has been called an interdisciplinary science that focuses on the interplay between human beings and the environment. What environmental psychology introduced to the field of psychology was the presence and influence of the physical environment, which up until recently had been largely ignored. In the late 1960s environmental psychology began by a merging of several disciplines: anthropology, architecture, planning, psychology, sociology, and even some aspects of engineering. Environmental psychology also contributed to the area of human factors by showing that choices of methods and objects were not always logical and often followed irrational motives. In order to encompass this diversity, several organizations were formed to establish a more or less concentrated effort.


  • built environment;
  • sustainable growth;
  • environmental beliefs