The focus of research is on the experienced landscape. This study explores the relationship between the landscape encountered on a walk and the response which it elicits from the viewer. The authors eschew theory and adopt a pragmatic approach to the definition of research parameters. The research encompasses:
The interaction between the views and objects encountered were examined in relation to mood, satisfaction and scenic beauty appraisal.
|Methodology||At various times during a hike, people were interrupted and instructed to photograph what they were looking at, to rate the scenic beauty of the view, and to report on their current satisfactions and moods. Views were categorised by the type of object that was the focus of attention (trail, vegetation, water, ephemeral, people, terrain) and by the distance of the object from the viewer.|
Results suggest that :
Although the type and distance of objects in the landscape have a small but significant influence on preference judgements, other factors which influence personal response to landscape remain unexplained.
|Published||Environment and Behavior, 27 (3): 404-426|
|Authors||Hull IV, R. B. and Stewart, W.P.|
|Publisher||Sage Publications Inc.|
|Price||subscription c. £183 p.a. (6)|
|Keywords||landscape preference; environmental preference; environmental aesthetics; forest management; cognition and emotion.|
|Comments||This study provides a relatively simple method of recording the effects of sequential landscape experience in the field. The research is based on a hybrid of diverse theoretical and practical research. For example, the questionnaire used in the study is based on the work of Russell and Pratt, (1980) Russell and Snodgrass (1987).|
Russell, J.A. and Pratt, G. (1980) A description of the effective quality attributed to environments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 38: 311-322.
Russell, J. and Snodgrass, J. (1987) "Emotion and Environment" in D Stokols and I. Altman (eds) Handbook of environmental psychology. Ch 8, pp245-281, New York: Wiley.