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How do human beings comprehend, evaluate, and utilize the physical environments they inhabit? In this edited volume, a distinguished group of international contributors examines in detail the interconnections between what we know about, feel, and hope to accomplish in real world environments. Psychologists, planners, architects, and geographers discuss the state of knowledge in environmental cognition, building and landscape assessment, aesthetics, and decision-making. Gaps in our thinking about environmental issues are also discussed. The authors present an analysis of how our knowledge can be utilized in the design and planning of settings better suited to human needs. Of interest to psychologists, geographers, and environmental designers, Environment, Cognition, and Action examines the dynamic interplay of assessment, knowledge, and action of people in all settings relevant to daily life — home, school, office and industry.

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How do human beings comprehend, evaluate and utilize the physical environments they inhabit? In this volume, psychologists, planners and architects discuss the present state of knowledge in environmental cognition, building and landscape assessment, aesthetics and decision-making.

Synopsis:

How do people comprehend, evaluate, and utilize the physical environments they inhabit? How are the dimensions of objects, their placement in space, and their organization related to thinking and decision-making? This volume features the contributions of international experts who examine the interconnections between what we know about, feel, and hope to accomplish in real-world environments. The discussion follows three major themes: the impact of the physical environment, psychological processes, and life-span development. A detailed survey of the intuitive and evolving human thought processes which give rise to our "sense of place" shows how this dynamic perception is shaped by elements of aesthetics, inferences of comfort, and visions of ourselves acting within specific environments. Psychologists, planners, architects, and geographers discuss the state of knowledge in spatial cognition, environmental assessment, aesthetics, and choice behavior. They show how this knowledge can be applied to the design and planning of settings - such as buildings and landscapes - better suited to human needs, and in particular, how these needs and perceptions evolve over the human lifespan. Environment, Cognition, and Action also evaluates a research agenda that integrates these processes and provides valuable goals for further work in this fascinating field.

Table of Contents

1. Environment, Cognition, and Action, Gary W. Evans and Tommy Garling

PART I: The Impact of the Physical Environment

2. Environmental Description and Prediction: A Conceptual Analysis, Rachel Kaplan

3. Cognition of Physical and Built Environments, Reginald G. Golledge

4. Decision Making Processes, Choice Behavior, and Environmental Design: Conceptual Issues and Problems of Application, Harry Timmermans

5. Searching for the Environment in Environmental Cognition Research, Craig Zimring and Mark Gross

6. Environmental Assessment, Cognition, and Action: Research Applications, Ervin H. Zube

PART II: Psychological Processes

7. Environmental Assessment from a Neuropsychological Perspective, Rikard Kuller

8. Spatial Cognition as Events, Anders Book

9. Beyond Rationality: Clarity-Based Decision Making, Stephen Kaplan

10. Understanding, Assessing, and Acting in Places: Is an Integrative Framework Possible?, David Canter

11. Conceptualization and Application: Psychological Processes in Environmental Cognition and Assessment, Gerald D. Weisman

PART III: Life-Span Development

12. Environmental Assessment Across the Life Span, Giovanna Axia, Erminielda Mainardi Peron, and Maria Rosa Baroni

13. Environmental Cognition Through Direct and Representational Experiences: A Life-Span Perspective, Lynn S. Liben

14. Developmental Perspectives on Action in Environments, Roger A. Hart and Michael K. Conn

15. Life-Span Changes in Activities, and Consequent Changes in the Cognition and Assessment of the Environment, Christopher Spencer

16. Life-Span Development: Applications to Environmental Policy, Planning, and Design, Gary T. Moore

PART IV: Summary and Conclusion

17. From Environmental to Ecological Cognition, Tommy Garling, Erik Lindberg, Gunilla Torell, and Gary W. Evans

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195062205
Editor:
Garling, Tommy
Editor:
Evans, Gary
Editor:
Garling, Tommy
Editor:
Evans, Gary
Author:
Garling, Tommy
Author:
Evans, Gary W.
Author:
null, Gary W.
Author:
null, Tommy
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Environmental psychology
Subject:
Developmental - Lifespan Development
Subject:
Psychology | Cognitive
Subject:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
nr. 54
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 illus.
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.61x6.42x.93 in. 1.50 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , How do human beings comprehend, evaluate and utilize the physical environments they inhabit? In this volume, psychologists, planners and architects discuss the present state of knowledge in environmental cognition, building and landscape assessment, aesthetics and decision-making.
"Synopsis" by , How do people comprehend, evaluate, and utilize the physical environments they inhabit? How are the dimensions of objects, their placement in space, and their organization related to thinking and decision-making? This volume features the contributions of international experts who examine the interconnections between what we know about, feel, and hope to accomplish in real-world environments. The discussion follows three major themes: the impact of the physical environment, psychological processes, and life-span development. A detailed survey of the intuitive and evolving human thought processes which give rise to our "sense of place" shows how this dynamic perception is shaped by elements of aesthetics, inferences of comfort, and visions of ourselves acting within specific environments. Psychologists, planners, architects, and geographers discuss the state of knowledge in spatial cognition, environmental assessment, aesthetics, and choice behavior. They show how this knowledge can be applied to the design and planning of settings - such as buildings and landscapes - better suited to human needs, and in particular, how these needs and perceptions evolve over the human lifespan. Environment, Cognition, and Action also evaluates a research agenda that integrates these processes and provides valuable goals for further work in this fascinating field.
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