Title: Geographical psychology: Causes and consequences of the spatial clustering of psychological traits
There is geographical variation in the ways in which people think, feel, and behave. How are we to understand the causes and consequences of such variation? Geographical psychology is an emerging subarea of research concerned with the spatial organization of psychological phenomena and how individual characteristics, social entities, and physical features of the environment contribute to their organization. This talk will present research on the mechanisms that contribute to the spatial clustering of psychological traits and the ways in which regional psychological characteristics relate to important local political, economic, and health outcomes. Implications of the research for individual-level research will be discussed.