“Psychology and Nature” Video


On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, I recorded a short video on “Psychology and Nature” with psychology professor Tatiana Snyder and videographer Michael Annus of Portland Community College (PCC).

Tatiana has collaborated with Michael to create a series of videos for students about psychologists who do interesting kinds of work, including sports psychology and neuropsychology.

Tatiana was originally interested in my ecopsychology work. As we developed the project, it seemed useful for introductory psychology students to get a big picture view of different approaches to linking psychology and nature—”psychology” as in the study of mind, emotions, behavior and identity, and “nature” as in natural world, places, other species, environmental issues, sustainability, and diverse experiences and beliefs about all of the above.

Image 1The video approached questions like:

  • “Why are some people more concerned about the natural environment than others?”
  • “Does a simulated view of nature had the same restorative benefits as a real view?” 
  • “Do natural disasters like storms and droughts affect mental health and well-being?

A demo recording of the script is below.  I hope the video comes out well!

I’ll make sure to post a link when it’s available.

Happy Thanksgiving,



“Psychology and Nature” Video TRANSCRIPT

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Published by Thomas Doherty

Psychologist Thomas Doherty's work on environmental sustainability and health has been featured in publications like the New York Times and in talks worldwide. Thomas consults with individuals and organizations through his business Sustainable Self. He was the founding Director of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program at Lewis & Clark Graduate School and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Ecopsychology. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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