Explaining the emotional people experience in suburban parks

Hull, R.B. & A. Harvey, 1989, Explaining the emotional people experience in suburban parks, in: Environment and Behavior, 21, 3

  • Author : Hull, R.B. & A. Harvey
  • Year : 1989
  • Journal/Series : Environment and Behavior
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 3
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 21
  • Pages : 323-345
  • Abstract in English : As is evidenced by presence of numerous parks and gardens there seems to be a shared belief that natural park experiences are good for people. This article suggests that the quality of recreation is related to the quality of the emotion experienced in the recreation setting. The specific physical characteristics in this study are tree spacing, the density of understory grows such as brush, shrubs, and grasses, and the presence of pathways. The parks’ tree densities, understory vegetation densities, end the presence or absence of pathways are used to explain persons’ evaluations of affect. Evaluations of pleasure are influenced more than evaluations of arousal by variations in these physical characteristics. In general, pleasure increase as tree density increases and understory density decreases with increasing understory vegetation density, which may be because way finding is more difficult without pathways.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, nature experiences, parks, trees, trees density. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research