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An Individual’s Connection to Nature Can Affect Perceived Restorativeness of Natural Environments. Some Observations about Biophilia

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Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona, via San Francesco 22, 37129 Verona, Italy
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Department of Human and Social Sciences, Laboratory of Affective Ecology, University of Valle d’Aosta, Strada Cappuccini 2/a, 11100 Aosta, Italy
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IRIS, Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability, University of Torino, Via Accademia Albertina, 13, 10123 Torino, Italy
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Department of Mathematical Sciences (DISMA), Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Milano, via Celoria 2, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Behav. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs8030034
Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 19 February 2018 / Accepted: 27 February 2018 / Published: 5 March 2018
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Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between the level to which a person feels connected to Nature and that person’s ability to perceive the restorative value of a natural environment. We assume that perceived restorativeness may depend on an individual’s connection to Nature and this relationship may also vary with the biophilic quality of the environment, i.e., the functional and aesthetic value of the natural environment which presumably gave an evolutionary advantage to our species. To this end, the level of connection to Nature and the perceived restorativeness of the environment were assessed in individuals visiting three parks characterized by their high level of “naturalness” and high or low biophilic quality. The results show that the perceived level of restorativeness is associated with the sense of connection to Nature, as well as the biophilic quality of the environment: individuals with different degrees of connection to Nature seek settings with different degrees of restorativeness and biophilic quality. This means that perceived restorativeness can also depend on an individual’s “inclination” towards Nature. View Full-Text
Keywords: perceived restorativeness; connection to Nature; biophilia; biophilic quality perceived restorativeness; connection to Nature; biophilia; biophilic quality
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Berto, R.; Barbiero, G.; Barbiero, P.; Senes, G. An Individual’s Connection to Nature Can Affect Perceived Restorativeness of Natural Environments. Some Observations about Biophilia. Behav. Sci. 2018, 8, 34.

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