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Journal of population

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 189–202 | Cite as

When density matters: Environmental control as a determinant of crowding effects in laboratory and residential settings

  • Sheldon Cohen
  • Drury R. Sherrod
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Conclusion

We have argued that the influence of high levels of density on human health and behavior may be determined more by the individual's beliefs about hislher relationship to the environment than by the environment itself.An important implication of this analysis is that the behavior and health of those experiencing high density conditions can be altered (improved?) not only by changing their environment, but also by changing their attitudes toward their environment. Thus both interventions that actually provide people with the opportunity to terminate, periodically escape, or modify unwanted stimulation and those that otherwise provide them with the belief that such changes are within their power should similarly ameliorate the negative impact of high density.

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Negative Impact Important Implication Environmental Control Density Matter Density Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheldon Cohen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Drury R. Sherrod
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of OregonEugene
  2. 2.Pitzer CollegeClaremontUSA

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