The nature of the view from home: psychological benefits

Kaplan, R., 2001, The nature of the view from home: psychological benefits, in: Environment and Behavior, , 4

  • Author : Kaplan, R.
  • Year : 2001
  • Journal/Series : Environment and Behavior
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 4
  • Pages : 507-542
  • Abstract in English : Depending on what is in the view, looking out the window may provide numerous opportunities for restoration. Unlike other restorative opportunities, however, window viewing is more frequent and for brief moments at a time. A study conducted at six low-rise apartment communities provides considerable support for the premise that having natural elements of settings in the view from the window contributes substantially to resident’s satisfaction with the neighbourhood and with diverse aspects of their sense of well-being. The results of this study add to the growing literature that suggest that nature elements must not be considered as amenities but as basic to satisfaction and well-being. Accumulating from many short episodes, the view from the window can provide long-term contact with the natural environment. Perhaps such an enduring connection is particularly useful for sustaining restoration
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, window view, well-being, restorative environments. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research.