Special Issue "Urban Psychology: Cognition of and Interaction with Urban Environments through Narratives"

A special issue of European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (ISSN 2254-9625).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 February 2022) | Viewed by 1061

Special Issue Editors

Department of Applied Linguistics, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanského 62, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Interests: ESL; EFL; BELF; cognitive linguistics; psycholinguistics; eLearning; blended learning; english as a lingua franca; business communication; managerial communication; ICT in education; intercultural communication
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Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: architecture; urban narratives; urban literacy; spatial imagination; urban experience; phenomenology of architecture; atmosphere; architectural education; literature
Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism, Porto School of Architecture (CEAU-FAUP), Via Panorâmica s/n, 4150-755 Porto, Portugal
Interests: post-war architectural theory and history; narratives and discourses on architecture and urbanism; sequential drawing; architectural criticism; architectural heritage; interactions between popular culture, mass media and architecture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The current development of psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science and linguistics has led to new interpretations of urban experience, with previously inaccessible aspects coming to light, as new areas of inquiry unveil the complexity of our engagement with our surroundings. Additionally, the topics of the cognitive city, place attachment, urban dynamics and resilience have recently gained academic attention and therefore they should be reflected in the context of new trends and developments. Therefore, we are opening this Special Issue. This Special Issue attempts to collect various research activities and interpretations related to our understanding of urban environments in connection with positive psychology, cognitive science, neurophenomenology, physical and mental health and also well-being. It does so by placing emphasis on the role of narrative in urban experience: how are urban places narrated, and how do stories influence urban experience? Is it conceivable that narratives also offer projective modes of understanding the city, allowing for visions of future urban developments? Could urban designs be aided by a careful employment of local urban narratives?  Cognition—which is understood as “the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses” – could be expressed in stories, combining conceptual, experiential and embodied aspects of urban dynamics. Connecting the interest in urban experience to the fields of sociolinguistics and psycholinguistic can thus help us to improve the understanding of the environment we dwell in, ultimately impacting on our health and well-being.

Dr. Marcel Pikhart
Prof. Dr. Klaske Havik
Mr. Carlos Machado e Moura
Guest Editors

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  • impacts of the urban environment/urbanization on psychological and physical health and well-being
  • place attachment in an age of mobility
  • psycholinguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • urban life satisfaction
  • understanding of modern cities in connection with positive psychology
  • cognitive science
  • cognitive cities
  • urban living
  • urban dynamics
  • urban psychology
  • sustainable urban development
  • resilience in an urban environment
  • urban narratives
  • architecture
  • urban experience
  • phenomenology

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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