Perceived Restorativeness Scale: Influences of Type of Environment on Attentional Restoration

Megli, Danielle and Taylor, Chris and Hurley, Will and Templeton , Dr. Janice (2011) Perceived Restorativeness Scale: Influences of Type of Environment on Attentional Restoration. [Abstract]

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The goal of the study was to more clearly investigate the relation between reasons people seek outdoor environments and the potential restoration those environments may offer. The Perceived Restoration Scale (PRS) is based on Kaplan & Kaplan’s (1995) attention restoration theory (ART), which states that any prolonged mental effort leads to fatigue of focused attentional capacity. Environments including certain components foster restoration of the ability to focus attention because they hold non-taxing attention, and natural environments are thought to hold many of these components inherently. The reasons participants gave for seeking out natural environments were compared to their scores on the five subscales—or components—of the PRS (fascination, being away, compatibility, coherence, and scope). Participants seeking natural environments for connection purposes reported natural environments as more restorative than participants seeking natural environments for recreational reasons.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 6th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceived Restorativeness Scale, Attention restoration theory (ART), Natural environments, Conduct of Life, Nature, Respect, Philosophy Of Nature, Values, Nature Appreciation, Phenomenology, Wild areas
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Adventure Education
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
NBS Symposium
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 14:09
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2013 14:09

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