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Although “Environmental Psychology” is arguably the best-known and most comprehensive description of the field, it is also known as Human Factors science, cognitive ergonomics, ecological psychology, ecopsychology, environment–behavior studies, and person-environment studies. Closely related fields include Architectural Psychology, Socio-Architecture, Behavioral Geography, Environmental Sociology, Social Ecology, and Environmental Design research.
Since its conception, the field has been committed to the development of a discipline that is both value-oriented and problem-oriented, prioritizing research aimed at solving complex environmental problems in the pursuit of individual well-being within a larger society.
When solving problems involving human-environment interactions, whether global or local, one must have a model of human nature that predicts the environmental conditions under which humans will optimally respond, demonstrate their greatest adaptive fitness.
Through these models, we can help design, manage, protect and or restore environments that enhance reasonable behavior, predict the likely outcomes when these conditions are not met, and diagnose problem situations. While retaining a broad and inherently multidisciplinary focus we can visualize a more valid and utilitarian model of human nature.
We explore such seemingly dissimilar issues as common property resource management, wayfinding in complex real-life settings, the effect of environmental stress on human performance, the characteristics of restorative environments, human information processing, and the promotion of durable conservation behavior.
Lately, alongside the increased focus on climate change in society and the social sciences and the re-emergence of limits-to-growth concerns, there has been a resurgence of focus on environmental sustainability issues. This necessitates including a broad spectrum of critical environmental factors, Geographers, Economists, Landscape Architects, Policy-Makers, Sociologists, Anthropologists, Educators, and product developers all have discovered and participated in this field.