Specialization and the Varieties of Environmental Experience

Empirical Studies within the Personality Paradigm
  • Brian R. Little


The integrative and reflexive capabilities of the personality research paradigm are here reviewed in the context of applying specialization theory to issues in man-environment research. A primary specialist typology is described along with the notion of specialization loops. Assessment techniques for measuring the cognitive, affective, and behavioral components of specialization loops are outlined and a developmental model of environmental construing proposed. The specialization model in its expanded form, which includes expressive and environmental barriers to the completion of loops, is shown to apply to students, scientists, and schizophrenics. A plea is made for an environmental psychology that is empirically reflexive. Hopefully, it will soon be difficult to find an environmental psychologist who has not been put soundly in his place—at least in his own theorizing.


Psychological Construct Personal Construct Repertory Grid Personality Psychology Primary Domain 
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  • Brian R. Little
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaCanada

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