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TOPIC: Social psychological perspectives of person/place relationshipsClear

Laurlyn Harmon

Assistant Professor of Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Expertise: Using technology in natural environments, Social psychological perspectives of person/place relationships

Harmon is an assistant professor in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, in the School of Recreation, Health & Tourism at George Mason University. She received her Ph.D in Leisure Studies at Penn State with a minor in Social Psychology. Her research interests include the social psychological connections people have with the natural world (i.e. place attachment), technology and how it can be used to relate to the natural world, and recreation land planning.

Harmon has been working with underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the effect they have on our understanding of and interaction with underwater resources. Her research also includes assessment of experiential learning outcomes in non-formal settings. She currently teaches Research Methods, Human Behavior in the Natural Environment & People & Nature but has also taught courses in Recreation Facilities Planning, Recreation Facilities Management, and Golf Course Design.

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