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Article

Unconscious Processing of Greenery in the Tourism Context: A Breaking Continuous Flash Suppression Experiment

by 1,2, 1,2 and 1,2,*
1
School of Tourism Management, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China
2
South China Ecological Civilization Research Center, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(3), 2144; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032144
Received: 12 December 2022 / Revised: 19 January 2023 / Accepted: 22 January 2023 / Published: 24 January 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Association between Urban Environment and Civil Well-Being)

Abstract

Both tourism and nature have been proven to contribute to people’s physical and mental health. Most studies have discussed their positive effects at the conscious level, but the unconscious mechanisms underlying these effects remain under-investigated, especially in the tourism context. Using a psychological experimental paradigm called breaking continuous flash suppression (b-CFS), this study tested how the proportion of greenery in an environment influences people’s perceptions of tourism sites and compared the effects of different proportions of greenery on participants’ unconscious responses to tourism sites. The results suggest that the presence of greenery improves the participants’ unconscious perceptions, and that this effect is due to greenery as an element of the natural world, rather than to green as a color. These findings enhance the understanding of the role that the unconscious response plays in the effect of nature on human health and may have managerial implications for the tourism industry.
Keywords: recovery; greenery; unconscious; tourism scene; breaking continuous flash suppression (b-CFS) recovery; greenery; unconscious; tourism scene; breaking continuous flash suppression (b-CFS)

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Huang, X.; Jiang, H.; Lv, M. Unconscious Processing of Greenery in the Tourism Context: A Breaking Continuous Flash Suppression Experiment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20, 2144. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032144

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Huang X, Jiang H, Lv M. Unconscious Processing of Greenery in the Tourism Context: A Breaking Continuous Flash Suppression Experiment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023; 20(3):2144. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032144

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Huang, Xiang, Hao Jiang, and Ming Lv. 2023. "Unconscious Processing of Greenery in the Tourism Context: A Breaking Continuous Flash Suppression Experiment" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 20, no. 3: 2144. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20032144

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