Why is nature beneficial? The role of connectedness to nature

Title:
Why is nature beneficial? The role of connectedness to nature
Authors:
Mayer, F. Stephan; Frantz, Cynthia M. ( 0000-0001-9303-3052 ) ; Bruehlman-Senecal, E.; Dolliver, Kyffin
Abstract:
Three studies examine the effects of exposure to nature on positive affect and ability to reflect on a life problem. Participants spent 15 min walking in a natural setting (Studies 1, 2, & 3), an urban setting (Study 1), or watching videos of natural and urban settings (Studies 2 & 3). In all three studies, exposure to nature increased connectedness to nature, attentional capacity, positive emotions, and ability to reflect on a life problem; these effects are more dramatic for actual nature than for virtual nature. Mediational analyses indicate that the positive effects of exposure to nature are partially mediated by increases in connectedness to nature and are not mediated by increases in attentional capacity. The discussion focuses on the mechanisms that underlie the exposure to nature/well-being effects.
Citation:
Mayer, Stephan, C.M. Frantz, E. Bruehlman-Senecal, and K. Dolliver. 2009. "Why is nature beneficial? The role of connectedness to nature." Environment And Behavior 41(5): 607-643.
Publisher:
Sage Publications
DATE ISSUED:
2009-09
Department:
Psychology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1177/0013916508319745
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310476

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dc.contributor.authorMayer, F. Stephanen_US
dc.contributor.authorFrantz, Cynthia M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBruehlman-Senecal, E.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDolliver, Kyffinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:33:56Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:33:56Zen
dc.date.issued2009-09en
dc.identifier.citationMayer, Stephan, C.M. Frantz, E. Bruehlman-Senecal, and K. Dolliver. 2009. "Why is nature beneficial? The role of connectedness to nature." Environment And Behavior 41(5): 607-643.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0013-9165en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310476en
dc.description.abstractThree studies examine the effects of exposure to nature on positive affect and ability to reflect on a life problem. Participants spent 15 min walking in a natural setting (Studies 1, 2, & 3), an urban setting (Study 1), or watching videos of natural and urban settings (Studies 2 & 3). In all three studies, exposure to nature increased connectedness to nature, attentional capacity, positive emotions, and ability to reflect on a life problem; these effects are more dramatic for actual nature than for virtual nature. Mediational analyses indicate that the positive effects of exposure to nature are partially mediated by increases in connectedness to nature and are not mediated by increases in attentional capacity. The discussion focuses on the mechanisms that underlie the exposure to nature/well-being effects.en_US
dc.publisherSage Publicationsen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0013916508319745en
dc.subject.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.titleWhy is nature beneficial? The role of connectedness to natureen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalEnvironment And Behavioren_US
dc.subject.keywordConnectedness to natureen_US
dc.subject.keywordAttentional capacityen_US
dc.subject.keywordPositive affecten_US
dc.subject.keywordAbility to reflecten_US
dc.identifier.volume41en_US
dc.identifier.issue5en_US
dc.identifier.startpage607en_US
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