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Research Methods for Environmental Psychology

Robert Gifford

ISBN: 978-1-118-79545-3 October 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 440 Pages


Covering the full spectrum of methodology, the timely and indispensible Research Methods for Environmental surveys the research and application methods for studying, changing, and improving human attitudes, behaviour and well-being in relation to the physical environment.

  • The first new book covering research methods in environmental psychology in over 25 years. Brings the subject completely up-to-date with coverage of the latest methodology in the field
  • The level of public concern over the impact of the environment on humans is high, making this book timely and of real interest to a fast growing discipline
  • Comprehensively surveys the research and application methods for studying, changing, and improving human attitudes, behavior, and well-being in relation to the physical environment
  • Robert Gifford is internationally recognised as one of the leading individuals in this field, and the contributors include many of the major leaders in the discipline

Contributors vii

1 Introduction: Environmental Psychology and its Methods 1
Robert Gifford

2 Observational Methods: The First Step in Science 9
Reuven Sussman

3 Behavioral Mapping and Tracking 29
Cheuk Fan Ng

4 Research Designs for Environmental Issues 53
Wokje Abrahamse, P. Wesley Schultz, and Linda Steg

5 Agree to Disagree: A Practical Guide to Conducting Survey Research in Environmental Psychology 71
Donald W. Hine, Christine Kormos, and Anthony D. G. Marks

6 Who Cares? Measuring Environmental Attitudes 93
Amanda McIntyre and Taciano L. Milfont

7 Qualitative Approaches to Environment–Behavior Research: Understanding Environmental and Place Experiences, Meanings, and Actions 115
David Seamon and Harneet K. Gill

8 Revealing the Conceptual Systems of Places 137
David Canter

9 Behavioral Methods for Spatial Cognition Research 161
Daniel R. Montello

10 Microworlds: Using Computers to Understand Choices about the Use of Natural Resources 183
Angel Chen and Paul A. Bell

11 Simulating Designed Environments 197
Arthur E. Stamps III

12 Planning the Built Environment: Programming 221
Jay Farbstein, Richard E. Wener, and Lindsay J. McCunn

13 Did that Plan Work? Post]occupancy Evaluation 249
Richard E. Wener, Lindsay J. McCunn, and Jennifer Senick

14 Action Research: Enhancing Application 271
Valeria Cortés and Robert Sommer

15 Research Designs for Measuring the Effectiveness of Interventions 291
Wokje Abrahamse

16 Applying Behavioral Science for Environmental Sustainability 307
E. Scott Geller, Wokje Abrahamse, Branda Guan, and Reuven Sussman

17 Improving Human Functioning: Ecotherapy and Environmental Health Approaches 323
Thomas Doherty and Angel Chen

18 Research and Design for Special Populations 345
John Zeisel, Robert Gifford, Mark Martin, and Lindsay J. McCunn

19 Advanced Statistics for Environment]Behavior Research: Multi]level Modeling and Structural Equation Modeling 369
Donald W. Hine, Victor Corral]Verdugo, Navjot Bhullar, and Martha Frias]Armenta

20 Meta]analysis: An Analysis of Analyses 389
Christine Kormos

Author Index 409

Subject Index 421