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Psychology for Sustainability

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The Psychology of Environmental Problems: Psychology for Sustainability by Susan M. Koger
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This compelling and insightful textbook demonstrates how eight major approaches in psychology -- social, psychoanalytical, behavioral, cognitive, physiological, health, developmental, and holistic -- can be applied to create a more sustainable society. After outlining current environmental difficulties and historical antecedents, these various perspectives offer guidance for changing individual and collective behavior. This 3rd edition is thoroughly revised and updated throughout, and features new chapters on the neuropsychology of toxic exposures, health and the psychology of environmental stress, and developmental psychology. It offers a comprehensive review of literature in various subdisciplines, demonstrating the wide applicability and relevance of psychology for addressing imminent environmental threats. Like both previous editions, the book's tone is widely accessible and engaging -- and no previous background in psychology or environmental science is assumed or required. The use of personal examples and cartoons help engage the reader. The 3rd edition is also accompanied by online resources for instructors. The Psychology of Environmental Problems: Psychology for Sustainability, 3rd Edition can be used as a primary or secondary textbook on a wide range of courses in Ecological Psychology, Environmental Science, Sustainability Sciences, Environmental Education, and Social Marketing. It also provides a valuable resource for professional audience of policymakers, legislators, and those working on sustainable communities.

Table of Contents

Foreword, David G. Myers. Preface: The Why, the What and the How of this Book. 1. What on Earth Are We Doing? 2. The Nature of Western Thought. 3. Psychoanalytic Psychology: Becoming Conscious of the Unconscious. 4. Social Psychology: Under the Influence of Others. 5. Behavioral Psychology: Contingency Management. 6. Neuropsychology of Toxic Exposures. 7. Cognitive Psychology: Information Processing. 8. Health and the Psychology of Environmental Stress. 9. Developmental Psychology: Growing Healthy Children in Nature. 10. Holistic Approaches: Gestalt and Ecopsychology. 11. Putting it Together: Using Psychology to Build a Sustainable World.

Author Biography

Dr. Sue Koger is Professor of Psychology at Willamette University, where she teaches Ecological/Conservation Psychology and Biopsychology among other courses. Her research focuses on the effects of chemicals such as pesticides on brain development and function, and the role of psychology in environmental studies/science. Dr. Deborah Du Nann Winter is Professor of Psychology at Whitman College, where she taught for 32 years. Her courses included The Psychology of Environmental Problems and Peace Psychology. She now lives in Hawaii, where she continues to write about both topics, while learning to live more sustainably and peacefully on the planet.
Release date Australia
April 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
3rd Revised edition
95 black & white illustrations, 9 black & white tables
Psychology Press Ltd
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