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Time- and Self-Related Memories Predict Restorative Perceptions of Favorite Places Via Place Identity

Ratcliffe, Eleanor and Korpela, Kalevi M. (2018) Time- and Self-Related Memories Predict Restorative Perceptions of Favorite Places Via Place Identity Environment and Behavior, 50 (6). pp. 690-720.

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Abstract

Top–down processing has been highlighted as a potential, but as yet understudied, aspect of restorative environmental experience. In an online study, N = 234 adults resident in Finland rated their favorite Finnish place on measures of perceived restorativeness, perceived restorative outcomes, and place attachment, and provided qualitative descriptions of the place and a positive memory associated with it. Thematic analysis of qualitative data revealed seven themes underpinning place memories: the environment itself, activities within it, cognitive responses, emotional responses, social context, self, and time. Mediated regression analyses showed positive and significant relationships between restorative perceptions and the presence of memories of self and time, as mediated via place attachment (place identity factor). These findings emphasize the contribution of the person to the perception of their restorative experiences in places, particularly in the form of personal memories that can enhance place identity.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Ratcliffe, Eleanoreleanor.ratcliffe@surrey.ac.uk
Korpela, Kalevi M.
Date : 1 July 2018
DOI : 10.1177/0013916517712002
Uncontrolled Keywords : Restorativeness; Place attachment/place identity; Place memory; Attention restoration; Stress recovery; Favorite places
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 29 Jan 2019 15:34
Last Modified : 29 Jan 2019 15:34
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850312

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