Message no. 8
Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
Subject: The Discussion Area
Well here we are -- in the land of virtual discussions. In this environment the psychology of our behavior will be to act as though we are all more or less in the same room, having a cup of tea and talking about what we have been reading and thinking about in the realm of Environmental Psychology. So start writing and posting!
Message no. 9 Posted by Anonymous on
In the world of cutting and pasting, it makes alot of sense to take notes on your computer. But often it is hard to keep all those notes organized.
And wouldn't it be nice if you could retrieve those notes from any computer, anywhere on earth, even from an email cafe in
And wouldn't it be even nicer if all your friends, colleagues and peers could benefit from the notes you took, and you could benefit from theirs? Well here is a chance to make that a reality. Use this thread to take notes and post them for everybody's advantage. No sense in ever re-inventing the wheel, eh?
In this way we can all grow smarter and more efficient together.
Message no. 10 Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on
This is the email I sent out to all of you Sunday night before the course began. It begins our first discussion of how our personal environment affects our behavior. Please join the discussion by answering the questions I have posed below as part of this thread, and add your own questions for each other. Once you have all shared your google maps (bird's eye view) and your "forward up equivalence" (ego point of view) photographs , you can ask even more meaningful questions about each other's environments.
First, here are my questions for you, again:
Esteemed student explorers of the ever more rapidly changing environment,
It is Sunday night and the course content area for our program is rapidly taking shape. If you have been visiting before tonight, please note that there have been major revisions, so you will definitely want to revisit any pages you may have stumbled upon while I was writing and editing them.
On the eve of the commencement of our course (the launch of our ship of discovery, if you will!) I would like to offer you some suggestions for how to make the most of you first assignments this week, which, in addition to reading chapter one of the text, and joining the discussion of "how your environment shaped you" (see discussion area) are to prepare a few cognitive maps of your environments (real and virtual) so we can get to know where you live and how you interact with and feel about your environment(s). (Note that in this course the term "The Environment" is rather meaningless. We speak of "environments" -- plural -- and more specifically of "my environment", "your environment" , "his environment", "her environment", "their environment" etc. The idea of "saving THE environment makes no sense... one must always specify...).
Since this course is about the psychology of behavior insofar as it relates to our environments, here are some very specific and personal ideas of how you might go about describing YOUR environment:
Adrienne: It would be fascinating to know what relationship you have with the riparian forest environment of Sandy Run Regional park and
Angelina: Which areas have more of an effect on your psyche -- the forests around Tibbett's
Daniela: Do the marine resources of
Dana: Do you consider the Bronx Zoo to be within walking distance? Is the route pedestrian friendly? Are there bike paths? Is it easy to cross the railroad tracks and the
Dawn: Do you ever hike around Lyonsville pond, or is that considered too far out of the way or too trivial a landscape feature? How did all the construction around
Janita: What does the
Kathleen: Do you consider
Kenisha: How much time do you spend by the
Michelle: What does the Litchfield Golf and Country Club represent to you? Is it an oasis of managed green tranquility or a sterile manicured abstraction? Do you prefer exploring the wildness of the muddy river and its marshland streams to the West, or do you prefer to lounge on the white sands of
Patricia: In a world of suburban tracts and cul-de-sacs, do you find the
Tanya: What role, if any, does
Note that these questions could be asked of and apply to each and every one of us, but the point of this course is to personalize our experience with our environments. I hope that you will take this questions as a kind of launch pad into deeper and deeper discussions about our environmental behavior. As you work on assignment 1, see if you can provide us all with pictures of the environments around where we live, along with stories and anecdotes.
And please remember – by “environment” I do NOT mean just places with trees and greenery and cuddly animals. Parking lots, buildings, offices, cars and homes are all environments. The issue is “which environments make you feel most at home; which environments bring out the behaviors you value most about yourself. Which environments mean the most to you!”
Hope that helps get you started thinking about Environment and the Psychology of your behavior!
Now, go to Google Maps and start taking a bird’s eye view of where YOU live, and share with the rest of us!
PS: You can look at the attached pictures of my home environment in