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Environment and Behavior

Environment and Behavior

Published in cooperation with the Environmental Design Research Association

eISSN: 1552390X | ISSN: 00139165 | Current volume: 55 | Current issue: 6-7 Frequency: 10 Times/Year

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Environment & Behavior brings you international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the relationships between environments and human behavior. Both population growth and threats to environmental sustainability make the understanding of environment-behavior relationships increasingly critical to human well-being. Explore topics such as:

  • Natural environments and psychological restorativeness
  • Pro-environmental behavior and behavior change
  • Social and psychological processes related to environments of particular settings such as neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, and extreme environments
  • Environmental perception and cognition, such as wayfinding and risk perception
  • Environmental feelings, attachment, and identity
  • Attitudes, values, priming, and norms that relate to environmental behavior
  • Effects of ambient conditions such as noise
  • Societal-level predictors of sustainability policies and designs
  • Environmental problems such as fear, stress, and crowding
  • Effects of innovative designs on human behavior
  • Environments and physical health, from hospitals to walkable neighborhoods and parks
  • Environment & behavior relations for particular groups such as children or elderly people
  • Spatial behavior processes and methods of study

Interdisciplinary Views

With Environment & Behavior you’ll benefit by exposure to the concepts and theories of experts from a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Design
  • Education
  • Geography
  • Health Science
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning.

In addition, researchers working in relevant governmental agencies, such as the U.S. Forest Service, regularly publish in E&B.

Thematic Discussions

Occasionally, Environment & Behavior supplements its broad coverage with single-theme Special Issues devoted to topics of particular concern and guest-edited by leading scholars. Previous Special Issues have included:

  • Physical Environments, Physical Activity, and Diet: Environment-Behavior Perspectives
  • Litter Control and Recycling
  • Place and loss
  • Building the Evidence Base for Evidence-based Design

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Environment & Behavior is an interdisciplinary journal designed to report rigorous experimental and theoretical work focusing on the influence of the physical environment on human behavior at the individual, group, and institutional levels.

Editor in Chief
Sonya Sachdeva USDA Forest Service, USA
Senior Associate Editors
Sarah Foster RMIT University, Australia
Kristi Lekies Ohio State University, USA
Stefan Stieger Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Austria
Associate Editors
Javier Cifuentes Faura University of Murcia, Spain
E. Scott Geller Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Robert W. Marans University of Michigan, USA
Susan Saegert City University of New York, USA
Peter Suedfeld University of British Colombia, Canada
International Associate Editors
David Canter University of Huddersfield, UK
Arza Churchman Technion, Israel
Víctor Corral-Verdugo University of Sonora, Mexico
Editorial Review Board
Francis Adeola University of New Orleans, USA
Kathryn Anthony University of Illinois, USA
Randy Atlas Atlas Safety & Security Design Associates, USA
Mark Baldassare Public Policy Institute of California, USA
Paul Bell Colorado State University, USA
Stephen Bitgood Jacksonville State University, USA
Arline Bronzaft City University of New York, USA
Jason Cao University of Minnesota, USA
Patrick Devine-Wright University of Exeter, UK
Jay Farbstein Jay Farbstein & Associates, USA
Guido Francescato University of Markland, College Park, USA
Karen Franck Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birgitta Gatersleben University of Surrey, UK
Paul Gobster USDA Forest Service, USA
Linda Groat People Places, LLC, USA
Peter Hecht Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Harry Heft Denison University, USA
Anjali Joseph The Center for Health Design, USA
Gerard Kyle Texas A&M University, USA
Dongying Li Texas A&M University, USA
Terry Maple Florida Atlantic University, USA
Stephen T. Margulis Grand Valley State University, USA
Frank McAndrew Knox College, USA
Shannon Monnat Pennsylvania State University, USA
Daniel R. Montello University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Sabine Pahl Plymouth University, UK
Deborah Pellow Syracuse University, USA
David Pijawka Arizona State University, USA
Ruth Raanaas Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Kim Rollings University of Notre Dame,USA
Thomas Saarinen University of Arizona, USA
Edward Sadalla Arizona State University, USA
Rick T. Scheidt Kansas State University, USA
P. Wesley Schultz California State University, San Marcos, USA
Andrew Seidel Texas A&M University, USA
Robert Shibley SUNY, Buffalo, USA
Kent Spreckelmeyer University of Kansas, USA
Linda Steg University of Gronigen, Netherlands
Takemi Sugiyama Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Margaret Topf University of Colorado, USA
Jennifer Veitch NRC Institute for Research in Construction, Canada
Stephen Verderber Tulane University, USA
Richard Wener New York University Tandon School of Engineering, USA
Lynn Westphal USDA Forest Service, USA
Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Former Editors
Stanley T. Asah Dalhousie University, Canada
Robert Bechtel University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
Barbara Brown University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
Ann Sloan Devlin Connecticut College, USA
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  • ENVIRONMENT & BEHAVIOR is an interdisciplinary journal designed to report rigorous experimental and theoretical work focusing on mutual influences between the physical environment and human behavior at the individual, group, and institutional levels.

    Articles are sought in the following areas:

    1. Theoretical work on the interrelationships between human environments and behavioral systems. Methodological papers will be considered, provided the primary focus concerns the environment-behavior relationship.
    2. Reports on research relating to evaluation of environments designed to accomplish specific objectives—e.g., the social effects of different kinds of living accommodations or the effectiveness of hospital treatment areas.
    3. Studies relating to the beliefs, meanings, values, and attitudes of individuals or groups concerning various environments—e.g., the meanings and values attached to neighborhoods, cities, transport routes and devices, or recreational areas. These studies are especially welcomed if they have behavioral data as well.
    4. Studies concerning physical environments whose human mission is largely implicit or socially underdeveloped.
    5. Studies of planning, policy, or political action aimed at controlling or changing environments or behavior.

    Manuscripts of approximately 25 double-spaced pages (not including references, tables, or figures), following the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.), should be submitted on-line to

    Word documents to upload should include a 100- to 150-word abstract and 4 to 5 keywords, and tables and figures should be on separate pages.

    Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.

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