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Environmental Psychology for Design


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Extended Contents Chapter One An Introduction to Environmental Psychology Human Behavior and the Environment: Which Came First? Governing Perspectives in Psychology Conflicting Views within Psychology History of Environmental Factors Within Psychology Defining the Profession Environmental Psychology Today Academic Programs and Post Educational Opportunities Practical Applications for Designers Expert Spotlight 1.1: Enhancing Quality of Life Through Design Chapter Two Foundational Theories of Environmental Psychology Environmental Psychology Today Theories Versus Hypothesis Biophillia Hypothesis Frustration Aggression Hypothesis Theories of the Human-Environment Relationship Social Learning Theories Integration (Integral) Theories Control Theories Behavior-Setting Theories Stimulation Theories Theories of Environmental Perception Brunswik's Probabilistic Lens Model Gibson's Affordances Berlyne's Collative Properties Pleasure-Arousal-Dominance Hypothesis Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Framework Lynch's Elements of Legibility Overlapping Theories, Models, and Perspectives Expert Spotlight 2.1: The Role of Theory in Architectural Design Chapter Three The Human Condition Evolution and Gender Gender Roles Androgeny Gender and Perception UPDATE Gender and Space UPDATE Personality Personality and Design Screeners Versus Nonscreeners Personal Space Personal Space and Communication Angulation Territoriality Types of Territories Territorial Infringement Privacy Crowding and Density Expert Spotlight 5.1: Chapter Four Psychobiology of Behavior Behavioral Neuroscience: The Biology of Sensation Brain Physiology and Behavior Architecture of the Brain Left Side, Right Side: Plasticity: Making the Connections for Wayfinding Biological Sensation Cognitive Conceptions of the Environment Neurochemicals and Hormones Circadian Rhythms Stress and Behavior Stress and Stressors Memory Memory Loss Cognitive Disorders Learning Disabilities Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease Mental Deficiencies Autism Expert Spotlight 3.1: Neurobiology Chapter Five Sensation and Perception Perception Perception and Design Process of Perception Perceptual Responses Stimulus Response Subliminal Perception Illusions Anthropomorphizing Gestalt Theories of Perception Law of Proximity Law of Closure Law of Symmetry Law of Continuity Law of Similarity Cognitive Interpretations Expert Spotlight Chapter Six Information Management Sensory Design Aesthetics Formal Aesthetics Symbolic Aesthetics Symbols and Iconography Symbolic Representation Culture and Tradition Locus of Control Religion Color Color and Sight Neurobiology of Color Psychosocial Effects of Color Color and Environmental Cognition Wayfinding Cognitive Maps Navigation Techniques Signage Expert Spotlight Chapter Seven Persons with Disabilities Defining Disabilities Issues with Disabilities Visual Impairments Disability Braille and the ADA (Update) Aging Eyesight Designer's Role Hearing Impairments Hearing and Aging Designer's Role Deaf Blind Touch and Feeling Disease and Illness Issues of Mobility Cognitive Processing Expert Spotlight 9.1: Chapter Eight Infants, Toddlers, and Childhood The Fetus: Our First Environment Teratogens Infancy and Sensory Neural Development Sight Hearing Touch Taste and Smell Toddlerhood and Preschool Years Playrooms and Play Areas Art for Toddlers Developing Sophistication Through Design Childhood Preadolescence and Adolescence Design for Developing Self-Images Effects of Stress on Youth Injury and Illness Preventive Health Design Space, Place, and Privacy Crowding Privacy Expert Spotlight Chapter Nine Play Spaces Role of Children Outdoor Environments Natural Settings Green Spaces Outdoor Amenities Formal Recreation Playgrounds and Schoolyards The Benefits of Play Schools and the Community Expert Spotlight Chapter Ten Learning and Education Brain Development and Learning Modes of Learning Child Care Centers and Preschools The Facility Classrooms Schools Facility Design Furnishings Ambient Conditions Lighting Color Acoustics and Noise Temperature, Humidity, and Ventilation Circulation Flexibility of Use Student Ownership Wayfinding Classroom Design Classroom Configuration User Groups Other Educational Environments Libraries Residential Dormitories Safety and Security Expert Spotlight Chapter Eleven The Elderly Population The Geriatric Population Developmental Characteristics Autonomy-Supportive Environments Physical Conditions and Disorders Neural Disorders Parkinson's Disease Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type Stroke Facilities for the Elderly Long-term Care Facilities Continuing Care Retirement Communities Group Homes and Congregate Housing Movement and Mobility Wandering Falls Healing Gardens and Other Living Spaces Soothing Environments Safety and Comfort Expert Spotlight Chapter Twelve Health Care Environments Perceptions of the Health Care Institution Scale Layout Issues Security Issues in Health Care Environments Stress and Anxiety Views of Nature Patient Control Intimacy Classism in Healthcare Patient Populations Children Adolescent Patients The Elderly Overview of Health Care Facilities Types of Health Care Environments Design Features of the Health Care Setting Therapeutic Environment Noise Lighting Surface Materials (Infection Control) Expert Spotlight Chapter Thirteen Cruise Ships, Resorts and Hotels Hospitality Environments Hospitality Patrons Design Issues in Hospitality Settings "Home Away from Home" Types of Hospitality Environments Motels Hotels Wayfinding Features and Amenities Special Accommodations Themes Bed-and-Breakfasts Resorts Cruise Ships Back to Nature Ecotourism Agri-tourism Shared Real Estate Expert Spotlight Chapter Fourteen Retail Association Branding Image and Setting Atmospherics Shoppers and Consumers Personal Experience Crowding and Density Gender Service Delivery Image Flexibililty Location, Location, Location Visual Stimuli Audio Stimuli Design Concerns Window Displays Access and Parking Banks and Convenience Stores Convenience Stores Restaurants and Cafes Third Places Retail Spaces Shopping Malls Safety and Security Expert Spotlight Chapter Fifteen Office Environments Organizational Structures Hierarchical Structure Generational Concerns (Boomers, Gen X, and Millennial) Office Culture Racism and Sexism Civil Rights laws (gay and Lesbians being fired The Office Environment The Cubicle Office Layout Personalization The Home Office Workplace Health and Safety Occupational Safety and Health Act Ergonomics Sick Building Syndrome Stress and Satisfaction Environmental Analysis Lighting Windows Illumination Ventilation Noise Space Planning References Glossary Index

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About the Author

David Alan "DAK" Kopec, PhD, NCHES, ASID, IDEC, is an Associate Professor of Design at the New School of Architecture and Design, served as a Visiting Lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha Qatar and Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii in the schools of Architecture and Medicine. A member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and certified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHES), Kopec is also a Fullbright Specialist and member of ASID's Distinguished Speakers. Among Kopec's most notable accomplishments include several journal articles and authoring three textbooks and two monographs. He is a recipient of ASID Foundation 2006 Joel Polsky Prize, volunteer award from Rebuilding Together San Diego 2008, and the NSAD President Award 2010.

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