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Variations in perceptions of danger, fear and preference in a simulated natural environment

Andrews, M and Gatersleben, B (2010) Variations in perceptions of danger, fear and preference in a simulated natural environment Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30 (4). 473 - 481. ISSN 0272-4944

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Abstract

Although natural environments can help promote health, they also contain a number of dangers. This study attempted to examine how variations in the physical structure of a simulated natural environment influenced perceptions of both overall and specific types of danger, fear and preference before exploring the relationships between these variables. Three simulated walks through a natural environment differing in levels of prospect-refuge were created for the study. Respondents were randomly assigned to one of the conditions and asked to imagine taking the walk for real. In support of the typology, the results found that the walks with higher levels of prospect-refuge (higher visibility, fewer hiding places and more accessibility) were perceived as less dangerous and fearful and more preferred than walks with lower levels of prospect-refuge. However despite levels of prospect-refuge appearing to impact on the perceived likelihood of encountering a physical danger or becoming lost, they were not found to impact on the perception of encountering a social danger.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Andrews M, Gatersleben BCM (2010). Variations in perceptions of danger, fear and preference in a simulated natural environment. Journal of Environmental Psychology 30(4):473-481. Available online at: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-environmental-psychology/
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2012 15:00
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2013 15:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/715104

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