In my case, there are about half a dozen of professions and areas I'd like to delve into and get to know more about. Below is a list of subjects I find extremely interesting and fascinating and would be more than happy to get involved with. I was introduced to most of them while researching for my dissertation on how built environments affect the way people live in and around them; I was immediately drawn to them due to their relationship with subjects such as environmental psychology and human behaviour.
As Laura Carlson explains in this short video, spatial cognition is the way you represent the world around you. More specifically, it is concerned with the acquisition, organization, utilization, and revision of knowledge about spatial environments. What I find very interesting is how people store that knowledge in their cognitive maps. It was this video that introduced me the terms that would later on lead to my cognitive mapping project.
It is such a complex and amazingly interesting subject, mainly because it applies in so many fields: psychology, education, architecture, urban planning, geography... Cognitive maps serve the construction and accumulation of spatial knowledge. They are a type of mental representation that allows the 'mind's eye' to visualize images in order to enhance recall and learning of information. The most interesting part about it is not only what people store in their cognitive maps but also how different people have different maps of the same place or building.
Environmental psychology is a field of study that examines the interrelationship between environments and human affect, cognition and behavior. The term environment is defined broadly, encompassing natural environments and social settings but I am more interested in it as discipline that aims at solving complex environmental problems within built environments and explores issues such as way-finding in complex settings.
Psychogeography is the study of specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals. It's about perceiving the city differently, overlooking the everyday in an attempt to find new ways of understanding the urban environment. I very often experience what is called 'emotional reaction of the place', so when I first read about psychogeography, it was an answer as to why this happens; why does being in (geographical) place make you feel 'funny', or like you've been there before or how do you see that place, how do you feel about it?