A cognitive analysis of preference for urban nature

Herzog, T.R., 1989, A cognitive analysis of preference for urban nature, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 9,

  • Author : Herzog, T.R.
  • Year : 1989
  • Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 9
  • Pages : 27-43
  • Abstract in English : This study examines preferences for urban environments with substantial natural elements and test the general usefulness of the Kaplan information model in such settings (1998). The overall preference for nature content was evident from the higher preference for the nature-related perceptual categories. Of the informational predictors, coherence and mystery were highly significant (Kaplan, 1989). The results might have both practical and theoretical implications. In particular, planners may wish to concentrate their efforts on manipulating three variables: coherence, mystery and nature. Theoretically, the results point to the importance of primary landscape qualities and the cognitive processes of understanding and exploration in accounting for urban preferences
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, preference, spaciousness, refuge, legibility, complexity, coherence, mystery, typicality, nature, age. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research