Relationship Between Environment and Human Behaviour
The study of the relationship between human behavior and the built environment has proven to be very consequential. Human beings generally rely on all environmental factors for everyday easy access to life. Examples of built environments consist of cities, parks, roads, and buildings. To easily and fully understand the importance of this study, one must first learn about environmental psychology. Environmental psychology is the intensive study and evaluation of individual beings and how they relate to their physical surroundings. Systematically, it can also be translated as the branch of study used to provide detailed systematic interpretations of how environmental factors affect daily human lives and vice versa.
The study has been seen to improve human beings behave towards the built environment. With the knowledge of the environment, human beings have found ways to systematically improve the built environment by making it analytically eco-friendly and human friendly. In the same way, this study has enabled advancements in other human interactive ways such as early childhood education, public health, and early organizational behavior management that ensures continued friendly and safe environmental coexistence between the human beings and the built environment (Yan & Kalay (2005).
Studies conducted on the evaluation of human behavior concerning the environment. The results showed that the environment could inspire human imagination while at the same time enabling social interactions between all the living beings that inhabit the built environment (Rahimi et al., 2018). The built environment is generally categorized as all the living places inhabited by living beings. The said built environment systematically influence the day to day enjoyment of life. It is, therefore, every living person’s fundamental responsibility to protect it. A differently built environment has proven and shown altered behavior in people. This is mainly because people in different cultures use the environment differently. Hence environmental built space differs all over the world. To this effect, the environment differently influences behavior and motivation hence the establishment of behavior setting theories. This theory shows the consistent studied uniform pattern of behavior in different cultures and their differed use of the built environment. The same studies provided the knowledge of the fact that the built environment differently affects people’s behaviors. For instance, the environment can easily influence the temperament and motivation s in diverse individuals. For instance, research studies conducted on this topic substantiated that a room with either natural or artificial lit can immensely improve health in people with depression, agitation, and poor sleeping habits like insomnia. This shows that built environments directly link all living beings in one way or another. The interdisciplinary relationship between nature and human beings naturally includes visual arts and Architectural designs. Hence proof that human behavior differently affects the environment.
Recently conducted studies found ways in which human behavior is likely to impact the environment (Moran et al. 2014) negatively. Some of these behaviors include overpopulation, burning fossils, deforestation, and pollution. These changes in the built environment have immensely changed and triggered climate change and poor air quality. Therefore, it is easily seen that any damage experienced by the environment naturally and directly harms all living things. This article shows that while the built environment may be appealing and nice to look at, it must be taken care of. Similarly, this study ensures that human beings have enough knowledge to coexist with the environment peacefully.
Therefore, it is safe to conclude that the study of the relationship between human behavior and the built environment has led to the stimulation theory, which has shown physical environment is important and essential for human well-being. While the study of the relationship between human behavior and the built environment. It is also safe to note that the ecosystem generally provides natural services for all the inhabitants of the environment and is also essential to all living being and their health as it directly affects their quality of life and survival.
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Rahimi, F. B., Levy, R. M., Boyd, J. E., & Dadkhahfard, S. (2018). Human behavior and cognition of spatial experience; a model for enhancing the quality of spatial experiences in the built environment. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 68, 245-255.
Yan, W., & Kalay, Y. (2005). Simulating human behavior in built environments. In Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures 2005 (pp. 301-310). Springer, Dordrecht.