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the science dealing with the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to human and animal behavior. adj., adj psycholog´ic, psycholog´ical.
analytic psychology (analytical psychology) the system of psychology founded by Carl Gustav Jung, based on the concepts of the collective unconscious and the complex.
clinical psychology the use of psychologic knowledge and techniques in the treatment of persons with emotional difficulties.
community psychology the application of psychological principles to the study and support of the mental health of individuals in their social sphere.
criminal psychology the study of the mentality, the motivation, and the social behavior of criminals.
depth psychology the study of unconscious mental processes.
developmental psychology the study of changes in behavior that occur with age.
dynamic psychology psychology stressing the causes and motivations for behavior.
environmental psychology study of the effects of the physical and social environment on behavior.
experimental psychology the study of the mind and mental operations by the use of experimental methods.
forensic psychology psychology dealing with the legal aspects of behavior and mental disorders.
gestalt psychology gestaltism; the theory that the objects of mind, as immediately presented to direct experience, come as complete unanalyzable wholes or forms that cannot be split into parts.
individual psychology the psychiatric theory of Alfred adler, stressing compensation and overcompensation for feelings of inferiority and the interpersonal nature of a person's problems.
physiologic psychology (physiological psychology) the branch of psychology that studies the relationship between physiologic and psychologic processes.
social psychology psychology that focuses on social interaction, on the ways in which actions of others influence the behavior of an individual.

en·vi·ron·men·tal psy·chol·o·gy

the study and application by behavioral scientists and architects of how changes in physical space and related physical stimuli impact on people's behavior.
See also: personal space.

en·vi·ron·men·tal psy·chol·o·gy

(en-vī'rŏn-men'tăl sī-kol'ŏ-jē)
The study and application by behavioral scientists and architects of how changes in physical space and related physical stimuli produce an impact on people's behavior.
See also: personal space
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Concepts and Measures Related to Connection to Nature: Similarities and Differences, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 49: 64-78.
The present study and findings should be viewed as an early attempt to integrate environmental psychology and behavioral economics.
One explanation is that in the decade of the 1990s sense of place was not commonly connected or associated with environmental education and research on sense of place was published elsewhere in other fields, such as in environmental psychology, human geography, and architecture and planning.
Established in 1971, the publication includes content on laboratory and field research in areas such as health, race relations, discrimination, group processes, population growth, crowding, accelerated cultural change, violence, poverty, environmental stress, helping behavior, effects of the legal system on society and the individual, political participation and extremism, communication, negotiations among nations, socioeconomics, social aspects of drug use, organizational and industrial issues, behavioral medicine and environmental psychology.
Dr Chris Spencer, a professor of environmental psychology at Sheffield University, who carried out the study, says buying a home is one of the most poignant decisions people will ever have to make.
A substantial body of work in the field of environmental psychology (see Sundstrom, Bell, Busby, & Asmus, 1996 for review) has suggested that natural settings, characterized by high levels of vegetation and a water source, are related to higher preference ratings, and more positive moods and cognitions, than urban settings characterized by sparse vegetation and human-built structures (Hartig, Mang, & Evans, 1991; Kaplan & Kaplan, 1989; Ulrich, 1993; Ulrich, Simons, Losito, Fiorito, Miles, & Zelson, 1991).
In the study, published in the March 2002 Journal of Environmental Psychology, some children reported seeing varying amounts of grass and trees from their apartment windows, whereas others saw only pavement.
Since the dawn of time man has used environmental psychology in the construction of most everything he built.
First, like physical exercise or hard work, heat can raise one's alertness level, eventually tiring the body out, said Albert Mehrabian, professor emeritus of environmental psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Hart, professor of environmental psychology at the City College of New York's Graduate Center.
More than 25 locations have already been built with user feedback and by incorporating the latest research in Environmental Psychology.

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