The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective

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CUP Archive, Jul 28, 1989 - Psychology - 340 pages
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In this volume concerning the natural environment, people, and the relationship between them, Rachel and Stephen Kaplan offer the first research-based analysis of the vital psychological role that nature plays in our lives. Over a period of twenty years, the authors have sought to understand how people perceive nature and what types of natural environments they prefer, what psychological benefits they seem to derive from wilderness experiences, and why backyard gardens are especially important to some people. The book examines the satisfactions and advantages that various natural settings bring to us. While many readers may have little doubt that the natural environment makes a difference to them, they may be suprised to discover the pervasiveness of its impact on people of diverse ages and cultural heritages. Beyond the awe-inspiring mountains and waterfalls, many comparatively simple natural settings foster tranquility and well-being. The book explores questions such as: Is the effect of nature on people as powerful as it intuitively seems to be? What makes natural settings so compelling? How do settings restore bodily health? Are some natural patterns more effective than others? Are there ways to design, manage, and interpret natural environments so as to enhance their beneficial influences? A wide audience will find this analysis of our natural environment compelling and insightful.
  

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Contents

Nature and Human Nature
1
THE PREFERENCE FOR NATURE
9
The Prediction of Preference
40
Group Differences
72
BENEFITS AND SATISFACTIONS
117
Nearby Nature
150
TOWARD A SYNTHESIS
175
The Monster at the End of the Book
201
A Overview of Preference Research
207
B Preference Studies
216
Outdoor Challenge Program
292
Benefits and Satisfactions Studies
300
References
318
Author Index
335
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Demographic Effects in Environmental Aesthetics: A Meta-Analysis ...
In The experience of nature: A psychological perspective, Rachel Kaplan and Stephen Kaplan, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University. ...
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The Search for the Sacred in the Concrete Jungle by Kipling Zubevich
The Search for the Sacred in the Concrete Jungle Article and Photographs by Kipling Z. Introduction and Context The field of eco-psychology contends that ...
www.ecopsychology.org/ journal/ gatherings8/ html/ healing/ search.html

Restorative Environment
The Experience of Nature (Rachel and Stephan Kaplan). The Restorative Environment. Qualities that characterize a restorative environment ...
www.ac.wwu.edu/ ~moorej/ Restorative%20Environment.htm

Forestry Commission - Nature Experience in Transactional Perspective
The Experience of Nature: a Psychological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Mang, M., (1984). Restorative effects of wilderness ...
www.forestry.gov.uk/ forestry/ HCOU-4U4JMZ

Nature Experiences: Readings and References on Human Benefits
The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge. University Press. Lynch, Kevin. 1960. The Image of the City. ...
www.cfr.washington.edu/ research.envmind/ UF/ Readings-FS6.pdf

Nature as an arena for the quality of life: psycho-spiritual ...
ˇ . The Environmentalist 19, 163 169 1999. 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston. Manufactured in the Netherlands. Nature as an arena for the quality of ...
www.springerlink.com/ index/ N5707027K034182P.pdf

Psychological Benefits of Nature
PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF NATURE EXPERIENCES: AN OUTLINE OF RESEARCH AND THEORY With Special Reference to Transpersonal Psychology. John Davis, Ph.D. ...
www.johnvdavis.com/ ep/ benefits.htm

IAPS : Digital Library : Works : Paper iaps_12_1992_1_096:BONDS ...
The experience of nature: A psychological perspective , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 100%; open, Kaplan, R. (1973) Find in iaps ...
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Teaching Psychology for Sustainability: A Manual of Resources
In their 1989 book, The experience of nature: A psychological perspective, environmental psychologists Rachel and Steven Kaplan ambitiously reviewed two ...
www.teachgreenpsych.com/ tg_enviropsych.html

The impacts of access to ‘nature’ on inner city highrise residents ...
Kaplan & Kaplan, The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. xxvi. Wells, ‘At Home with Nature: Effects of 'Greenness' on Children's Cognitive ...
www.deakin.edu.au/ hmnbs/ hsd/ research/ niche/ include/ Qualityoflife.pdf

About the author (1989)

Rachel Kaplan is an urban homesteader, artist, psychotherapist, and mother. She has spent the last ten years refining refining her skills as a food and herb grower. She grows much of the food for her family of three in small plots throughout her Northern California city. Her studies include somatic psychotherapy, body-based healing, yoga, permaculture, ceramics, ceramics, massage, and herbalism. She is the author of "The Probable Site of the Garden of Eden" and co-author of "Urban Homesteading" Kaplan lives in Sonoma County, California.

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