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Memory and place attachment as predictors of imagined restorative perceptions of favourite places

Ratcliffe, Eleanor and Korpela, Kalevi M. (2016) Memory and place attachment as predictors of imagined restorative perceptions of favourite places Journal of Environmental Psychology, 48. pp. 120-130.

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Abstract

Previous research linking favourite places and restorative environments hypothesises that place memory and place attachment can be implicated in restorative perceptions of place. In the present study, conducted with an online paradigm, 234 Finnish residents rated an imagined favourite place on place memory properties, place attachment, and imagined restorative perceptions. Autobiographical and positive affective properties of place memory were consistently predictive of perceived restorative potential of place. Attachment in the form of place identity and place dependence also positively predicted of restorative perceptions, and mediated certain relationships between memory properties and restorative perceptions. These findings highlight the relevance of top-down processing of restorative environments according to past experiences and individual attachments. This understudied topic may shed light on semantic values underpinning restoration in a range of settings, including favourite places.

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 : 25 September 2016
DOI : 10.1016/j.jenvp.2016.09.005
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Favourite places; Restorative environments; Place attachment; Place memory
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 29 Jan 2019 15:44
Last Modified : 29 Jan 2019 15:44
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850314

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