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An Individual's Connection to Nature Can Affect Perceived Restorativeness of Natural Environments. Some Observations About Biophilia
Behavioral Sciences (2076-328X)
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2017
Pages: 1 - 18
Sources ID: 35201
Notes: DOI 10.3390/bs8030034; ISSN 2076-328X
Visibility: Public (group default)
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This study investigates the relationship between the level to which a person feels connected to Nature and that person's ability to perceive the restorative value of a natural environment. We assume that perceived restorativeness may depend on an individual's connection to Nature and this relationship may also vary with the biophilic quality of the environment, i.e., the functional and aesthetic value of the natural environment which presumably gave an evolutionary advantage to our species. To this end, the level of connection to Nature and the perceived restorativeness of the environment were assessed in individuals visiting three parks characterized by their high level of "naturalness" and high or low biophilic quality. The results show that the perceived level of restorativeness is associated with the sense of connection to Nature, as well as the biophilic quality of the environment: individuals with different degrees of connection to Nature seek settings with different degrees of restorativeness and biophilic quality. This means that perceived restorativeness can also depend on an individual's "inclination" towards Nature. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Behavioral Sciences (2076-328X) is the property of MDPI Publishing and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)