A couple of weeks ago, I received a call from a friend of mine who had just recently started his PhD program at the University of Western Australia, a university that is committed to supporting the environment and research.
In the course of that call, he had asked me to write a paper that would describe the ways in which the field of psychology and cognitive science can help improve our understanding of the effects of environmental change.
It turned out to be a very good idea.
As a psychologist, I often work with people who are suffering from severe mental health problems or substance abuse.
It’s not surprising that these problems have a profound impact on their lives and on their ability to cope with the pressures of their environment.
I’ve spent the last decade helping people who have struggled with mental health issues through mental health interventions.
However, I’ve also seen the impact of environmental factors on these people’s lives, especially when it comes to the impact that they face from other environmental factors, such as the pollution and over-consumption that they encounter in their everyday lives.
The idea that psychology can help us understand these social issues in a way that has no impact on the underlying biological processes that shape our behaviour is exciting, but it’s also a little scary.
It can lead to people who see psychological science as just another science for psychologists to do science on.
But the more we understand, the more valuable we see the value of it as a science, says lead author of the study, Paul Lillis.
He and his colleagues from Western Australia and elsewhere have published a paper detailing their research, called How to Improve Your Understanding of the Effects of Climate Change on People’s Lives.
“We have a long history of doing research in the fields of psychology, sociology and social psychology and we’re really happy to see the field now in such a big way,” Lillas said.
So, how can psychologists help people understand the impacts? “
These are all really fascinating fields, and when we started thinking about how to do a good job of understanding the impacts of climate change and how to help people in the process, it was really important to understand the way we did that.”
So, how can psychologists help people understand the impacts?
“One of the biggest challenges that psychologists face is how to understand how people experience change,” Lillingas said, explaining that one of the things psychologists have to do to do this is to build up the data to try to make sense of the ways that people experience environmental changes.
Lilles points to studies in psychology that suggest that we have an unconscious bias in favour of things that are familiar to us.
When we think about how familiar something is, we tend to associate that with the person we are.
For example, when we think of people from our own family, we are more likely to associate them with our grandparents or great-grandparents, and our memory tends to be of those same people.
However with climate change we are increasingly conscious of the different ways that our environment changes, and the impact this has on our everyday lives, Lillias said.
For the past 10 years, Lillingis and his team have been working with a group of Australian researchers, who were studying a range of topics, including: the impact and resilience of climate-change-induced extreme weather events, the effects that human activities have on our climate, the effect of extreme weather on human wellbeing and more.
The researchers looked at the impact climate change has on people’s mental health, as well as the impacts that human behaviour and the environment has on them.
One of the key issues that psychologists have been trying to figure out is how we can better understand how climate change is affecting our mental health.
For many people, mental health is a complex, nuanced issue that involves a range