Perspective on wilderness: re-examining the value of extended wilderness experiences

Talbot, J.F. & S. Kaplan, 1986, Perspective on wilderness: re-examining the value of extended wilderness experiences, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 6,

  • Author : Talbot, J.F. & S. Kaplan
  • Year : 1986
  • Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 6
  • Pages : 177-188
  • Abstract in English : This paper presents results from the final phase of a ten-year research program dealing with the dynamics and the impacts of wilderness experiences. Both wilderness users and non-users have been found to share perceptions that experiences in natural environments can be highly satisfying and offer valuable psychological benefits not often found elsewhere. It is suggested that the wilderness environment in is one where the experience of compatibility, the harmonizing of one’s own capabilities and inclinations with the opportunities and limitations present in the physical surroundings, is particularly likely. To a large degree, this is the result of qualities, which are inherent both in the individual and in this particular type of environment. The wilderness is composed of fascinating content, and it presents a coherent world of considerable scope, one that captures one’s full attention.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, nature experience, wilderness experience, compatibility. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research. Compatibility is an important issue in environmental psychology including the work on nature experience of the Kaplans and others. As compatibility also is an aspect of landscape design and architecture, this paper may contribute to understanding the roots of this concept.