Psychology in Practice: Environment by Karon Oliver

By Karon Oliver

Psychology in perform is the definitive six-part sequence at the functional functions of psychology to components of lifestyle, overcoming crime, schooling, healthiness, activity firms and the surroundings. every one e-book within the sequence examines one unit of the purposes of Psychology portion of the OCR Syllabus. The social, political and human problems with how e reside and have interaction are indispensable to the improvement of recent society. because the global inhabitants raises, questions of city making plans, renewal and housing layout became extremely important. IPsychology in perform: setting deals a distinct perception right into a variety of social and environmental concerns together with the psychology of collective habit, crowding and private area, structure, weather and environmental cognition.

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Babies and young children who were exposed to high noise levels before they were born have shown a number of hearing problems. High levels of noise are associated with high levels of stress and mental illness. There are a number of factors which affect our response to noise and these relate to the nature of the person and the nature of the situation. 32 Psychology in Practice: Environment Positive uses of sound – music If we accept the fact that unwanted sounds can have a negative effect on our lives, it stands to reason that perhaps the opposite is also true.

The second wave of Toxteth riots which occurred in October 1985, took place in a 27°C-heatwave. Further evidence for the relationship between temperature and aggression has come from murder rates in London, where statistics have indicated that the murder rate peaks in the summer months. Further statistical indicators of the effects of heat on aggressive behaviour have come from Michael and Zumpe (1986) who analysed 27,000 instances of women being abused by their live-in male partners. He concluded that the frequency of abuse is closely related to annual changes in ambient temperature.

On the other hand, we are all aware of how the weather can influence mood and behaviour in the short term – we are much happier when the sun shines, yet often become very short-tempered when it is extremely hot. Yet trying to isolate the causes of behaviour in relation to the weather is more difficult. 40 Psychology in Practice: Environment C L I M AT E There are really three different types of climate: hot, cold and temperate, and these are dictated by global position. The highest temperatures are found at the equator, which lies in closest proximity to the sun, and the coldest are found near the Poles.

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