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Thermal, emotional and perceptual evaluations of a park: Cross-cultural and environmental attitude comparisons
University of Gävle, Department of Education and Psychology, Ämnesavdelningen för psykologi.
hysical Geography, Department of Earth Sciences, Göteborg University, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Building and Environment, ISSN 0360-1323, E-ISSN 1873-684X, Vol. 43, no 9, 1483-1490 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main objective of the present study was to examine the influence of culture (Sweden vs. Japan) and environmental attitude (urban vs. open-air person) on participants' thermal, emotional and perceptual assessments of a park, within the physiological equivalent temperature (PET) comfortable interval of 18-23 degrees C. It was predicted that persons sharing different cultures and environmental attitudes might psychologically differently evaluate a Swedish and a Japanese park despite similar thermal conditions. Consistent with this prediction, Japanese were shown to evaluate the weather as warmer and less good for out-door activity than did Swedes, although and according to the PET index participants in both cultures experienced similar comfortable thermal conditions. Japanese were also shown to evaluate the park as more pleasant and warmer place than did Swedes. However, the Japanese felt emotionally less pleasant at the site than did Swedes. An interaction between culture and environmental attitude indicated tentatively a difference in environmental attitude (urban vs. open-air person) between the two countries as regards the place-related wind sensitivity. All these findings are discussed in terms of culture and environmental attitude suggesting that thermal, emotional and perceptual assessments of a physical place may be intertwined with psychological and cultural processes, rather than fixed by general thermal indices developed in line with the physiological heat balance models. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2008. Vol. 43, no 9, 1483-1490 p.
Keyword [en]
thermal comfort, park, weather, micro climate, environmental assessment, culture, environmental attitude
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Psychology Physical Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10295DOI: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2007.08.002ISI: 000257007900007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-43949121934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-10295DiVA: diva2:442579
Available from: 2011-09-21 Created: 2011-09-21 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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