Peter Kahn

Peter H. Kahn Jr.

Professor, University of Washington of Washington|

Psychologist Peter Kahn is the Director of the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab at the UW, where he explores two trends that are reshaping human existence. One is the rapid degradation of the natural world. The other is the speed of technological development, both in terms of its computational sophistication and pervasiveness.

Peter and his team dive into questions that arise out of these trends, such as how interaction with nature (and more wild nature) benefits people physically and psychologically, the psychological effects of interacting with technologies that simulate, mediate, or argument nature, and using deep and meaningful interaction with nature (what he calls interaction pattern design) to revision and contribute to urban sustainability.

Peter is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecopsychology. He is also the author of five books with MIT Press, including Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life (2011).


Research Article

Time Spent Interacting with Nature Is Associated with Greater Well-Being for Girl Scouts Before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic

| Land | Land: Volume 12, Issue 7 (July 2023): 1303

Research Article

Inequitable Changes to Time Spent in Urban Nature during COVID-19: A Case Study of Seattle, WA with Asian, Black, Latino, and White Residents

| Land | Volume 11, Issue 8: 1277

Research Article

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

| Science Advances | Volume 5, Issue 7

Research Article

Nature Contact and Human Health: A Research Agenda

| Environmental Health Perspectives | Volume 125, Issue 7 (July 2017): 075001