Definition of psychogeography in US English:



  • 1The study of the influence of geographical environment on the mind or on behavior.

    ‘a newly emerging discipline within geography is psychogeography’
    • ‘I'd like to know how much the idea of psychogeography got absorbed into disiplines like architecture and urban planning.’
    • ‘Psycho-geography, he says, "is concerned with places and the emotional states they provoke".’
    • ‘Psychogeography encourages us to follow some new logic that lets us experience our landscape anew, that forces us to truly see what we'd otherwise ignore.’
    • ‘Psychogeography is concerned with the human perception of place and how it changes over time.’
    • ‘In a way, what Hartmut is trying to do is meld psychogeography with biogeography, creating in effect, psycho-biogeography.’
    1. 1.1 The geographical environment of a particular location, typically a city, considered with regard to its influence on the mind or on behavior.
      ‘the psychogeography of Los Angeles’
      • ‘Mapping the psychogeography of the Americas was undoubtedly one of the obsessions of 20th century art.’
      • ‘Benes also has a fascinating piece on the psychogeography of the seventeenth-century Roman campagn.’
      • ‘The novel's subject matter, the mythology of Jack the Ripper, the 'psychogeography' of east London, would resurface frequently in his work.’
      • ‘The best pop music from Glasgow always eulogizes the psychogeography of the city.’
      • ‘It is not simply in the access to the levers of power that Washington faces the possibility of change, but in the psychogeography of the capital itself and its centre of political and social gravity.’


Early 20th century: from psycho- + geography.