Call for Abstracts: The Psychology of Heritage Places

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Call for Papers
August 30, 2019
United States
Subject Fields: 
Psychology, Historic Preservation, Geography

Second call for abstracts — special Collabra: Psychology research nexus on 

The Psychology of Heritage Places:
Addressing a Neglected Area in Environmental Psychology 

Abstract submission deadline: August 30, 2019

Jeremy C. Wells, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park;
Daniel J. Levi, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology and Child Development, Cal Poly;
Erica Molinario, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of 
Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park;

Join your fellow colleagues in helping to define a new area of research — the psychology of heritage environments — by contributing a paper to a special research nexus in the refereed journal, Collabra: Psychology, published by the University of California Press.

For the purposes of this special collection, submitted papers need to consider these three fundamental characteristics associated with heritage places and social and environmental psychology:  

  • A central focus on old or “historic” environments from a theoretical and/or empirical perspective;
  • Research methods primarily associated with environmental psychology, such as behavioral mapping, environmental attitude measurement, phenomenologies, visual preferences, simulated environments, post occupancy evaluations, and neuroscience, among other possibilities;
  • A theoretical construct based on place identity, place attachment, environmental perception, and the settings in which certain behaviors occur.

All interested authors should first submit a 300-word abstract by August 30, 2019 that proposes one the following types of papers: original research report, review article, perspective/opinion article, or a registered report. 

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Jeremy C. Wells, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

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