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Places of the Heart : The Psychogeography of Everyday Life (Paperback) (Colin Ellard)
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A Selection of the Library of Science, History, and Military Book ClubsOne of the finest science writers I’ve ever read.” Los Angeles TimesEllard has a knack for distilling obscure scientific theories into practical wisdom.”New York Times Book Review[Ellard] mak[es] even the most mundane entomological experiment or exegesis of psychological geekspeak feel fresh and fascinating.”NPRColin Ellard is one of the world’s foremost thinkers on the neuroscience of urban design. Here he offers an entirely new way to understand our citiesand ourselves.”CHARLES MONTGOMERY, author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban DesignOur surroundings can powerfully affect our thoughts, emotions, and physical responses, whether we’re awed by the Grand Canyon or Hagia Sophia, panicked in a crowded room, soothed by a walk in the park, or tempted in casinos and shopping malls. InPlaces of the Heart, Colin Ellard explores how our homes, workplaces, cities, and natureplaces we escape to and can’t escape fromhave influenced us throughout history, and how our brains and bodies respond to different types of real and virtual space. As he describes the insight he and other scientists have gained from new technologies, he assesses the influence these technologies will have on our evolving environment and asks what kind of world we are, and should be, creating.Colin Ellard is the author of You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall. A cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Waterloo and director of its Urban Realities Laboratory, he lives in Kitchener, Ontario.
Lust, fear, and awe are just some of emotions that our surroundings can arouse. From Stonehenge to 21st-century virtual environments, neuroscientist Ellard explores the psychology behind our behavior in different settings, the ways marketers channel our emotional responses, and the developing technologies that promise to enhance the way we understand the psyche in our ever-evolving landscape.
Number of Pages: 255
Genre: Psychology, Social Science, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Human Geography, Public Policy / City Planning + Urban Development, Applied Psychology
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Colin Ellard
Street Date: September 15, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-3626