The Field of Environmental Psychology Term Paper by jlatigue

A discussion on the main theoretical approaches to environmental psychology.
# 149510 | 787 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2011 in Psychology (Theory) , Environmental Studies (General)

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The paper explains that environmental psychology uses different aspects of human psychology to help explain the interaction between humans and their environment, their behavior and the experience that they get from their interactions with the environment. The paper discusses the major theoretical approaches to environmental psychology, specifically, the arousal theories and stimulus load theories, and compares and contrasts them.

Major Theoretical Approaches to Environmental Psychology
Compare and Contrast

From the Paper:

"The arousal theory relates a person's arousal to their performance and states that a person will perform most optimally if they have a high level of arousal, and that as the arousal level drops so does the level of performance in that person (Nagar, 2006). The inverted U hypothesis of this particular theory shows that as a person gets out of the optimal range for their arousal, their performance will drop off as well. Arousal theories are important when it comes to the field of environmental psychology because they deal with the behavior aspect of a person dealing with stressors. Many people on a daily basis are dealing with issues such as crowding, noise pollution, and air pollution, so it is important to understand the behavioral affects these issues will have on individuals. A person's physical environment can cause both positive and negative arousal within them physiologically such as making them more aware of danger, or just causing more stress because of loud noises (Nagar, 2006).
"Different than the arousal theory's emphasis on arousal and performance, stimulus load theories put emphasis on the ability for humans to take in and process information. Since it is believed that humans only have limited capacity to process information, when they are getting to a point where they will overloaded they assign priority to the information that they are taking in and can even completely ignore things that they do not believe are relevant to the task at hand (Nagar, 2006)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • (2011). The study of human and environmental stewardship. Retrieved from Environmental Psychology Lab website:
  • Nagar, D., (2006). Environmental Psychology (1sted.). Daryaganj, New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company.

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