Implications for the Field of Environment and Behavior

  • Charles J. Holahan
Part of the The Plenum Social Ecology Series book series (PSES)


A fundamental implication of an explicit consideration of the perspective underlying a field of inquiry is that such an analysis engenders a fresh commitment to the particular character of that area’s development. For the perspective behind a scientific enterprise will influence the type of investigative questions to be posed, the kinds of data to be sought, and the nature of the research answers that will be deemed acceptable. Ittelson, Franck, and O’Hanlon (1976) have eloquently articulated the relevance of this concern to the study of environment and behavior:

So perhaps the principal methodological concern in our studies of environmental experience has been to become self-consciously aware of our preconceptions and of the influence that they will have on the outcome of any study. ... Few other areas of study are so susceptible to the influence of the presuppositions of the investigator. If we uncritically assume on the basis of our personal and cultural history that we know the nature of the environment, then we will have inevitably written the answer into the way we ask the question (pp. 191–192).


Environmental Behavior Dynamic Perspective Environmental User Social Psychology Bulletin Interpersonal Distance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles J. Holahan
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  1. 1.The University of Texas at AustinUSA

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