|Description||The authors set out to examine four domains of variables which they have identified as useful in explaining environmental preference: physical attributes; land cover types; information variables; and perception based variables.|
|Methodology||The study compared the effectiveness of the four domains as predictors of scenic beauty as well as examining the influence of particular variables selected in each domain. The report was based on photographs of a selected study area located in the Great Lakes Region. Photographs were selected which deliberately excluded various urban landscapes and also any scenes which included rivers and lakes. Researchers assessed each slide for predictor ratings which were compared to the preference ratings given by psychology students.|
The researchers concluded that:
|Published||Environment and Behavior, 21 (5): 509-530|
|Authors||Kaplan, R., Kaplan, S. and Brown, T.|
|Publisher||Sage Publications, Inc.|
|Price||subscription c. £183 p.a. (6)|
|Keywords||Environmental psychology, environmental preference,|
This research build on earlier work by the Kaplans and is similar to a number of other studies.
The 'predictors' used in this study were drawn from previous research. In this case the predictors were sorted into four domains (p 511-520):
The study attempts to draw together various strands of research but fails to discover a coherent approach. The authors reach the tentative conclusion that predictors may vary in their effectiveness according to landscape type. Further research into landscape categories and variables which affect preference judgements using the research parameters set out in this study may be of limited use.
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