Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Joseph Ferrari

Project Abstract

It is often said that the eyes are the window to our souls. Community psychologists may say that the clutter within our home may be the window to our psychology. Chaotic and disorganized living spaces may lend to chaotic and disorganized minds. Oftentimes, clutter becomes a part of one’s identity. Therefore, the work to understanding the psychology of clutter involves entering into an individual’s heart and head.

The cultivation of that identity is a process that may involve both physical and psychological factors. For adults, many possessions may have had an opportunity to remain within their hearts and home for extended periods of time. While physical possessions may aid in the creation of their identity. the physical location in which an individual calls home may also play a role in that development.

Data (n = 1384, M age = 54) were collected by a non-profit called the Institute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Using the Clutter Quality of Life Scale and Psychological Home Scale, this study investigates the relationship between the geographical region and length of time an individual has lived in that area and how it may affect the individual’s quality of life and their connectedness to their physical environment.

Type of Research

Graduate Student - Independent Study


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Presentation Year

May 2017