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Associations with bird sounds: How do they relate to perceived restorative potential?

Ratcliffe, E, Gatersleben, B and Sowden, PT (2016) Associations with bird sounds: How do they relate to perceived restorative potential? Journal of Environmental Psychology.

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Abstract

Bird sounds are related to perceptions of attention restoration and stress recovery, but the role of associations in such perceptions is understudied. 174 adult residents of the United Kingdom rated 50 bird sounds on perceived restorative potential (PRP) and provided qualitative data on associations with each sound. Bird sounds were associated with imagined environments, birds and other animals, time and season, and activities within the environment. Bird sounds rated as high in PRP were associated with green spaces, spring and summer, daytime, and active behaviours in the environment. Low-PRP bird sounds were associated with exotic and marine environments, nonavian animals, and showed a non-significant trend towards associations with negative bird behaviour. These findings highlight connections between semantic values and restorative perceptions of natural stimuli. Such connections can inform top-down approaches to study of restorative environments and may benefit conservationists seeking to improve bonds between people and wildlife.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Ratcliffe, EUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gatersleben, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sowden, PTUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 May 2016
Funders : Economic and Social Research Council
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.05.009
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 01 Jun 2016 10:54
Last Modified : 01 Jun 2016 10:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810872

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