Title

Effects of Immersive Natural Environmental Simulations on Affect and Meaning

Date

5-26-2016 1:30 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 3:30 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ethan McMahan

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of nature on psychological well-being using a novel methodological approach involving immersive simulations of natural and built environments. The effects of these environments on connectedness to nature, self-reported affective state, implicit indicators of affective state, and meaning in life were examined. A 2 (environment type: natural versus built) x 2 (simulation type: standard photo versus equirectangular photo) x 2 (audio: with versus without audio) between-subjects design was utilized. Participants first completed pre-test assessments on their own prior to completing the laboratory portion of the study. In the laboratory, participants completed an assigned simulation and post-test assessment. Measures included the Connectedness to Nature Scale, Positive and Negative Affective Schedule, polygon test, Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test, and the Meaning in Life Questionnaire. While data collection is ongoing, initial results indicate higher connectedness to nature in natural environment simulations versus built environmental simulations.

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May 26th, 1:30 PM May 26th, 3:30 PM

Effects of Immersive Natural Environmental Simulations on Affect and Meaning

WUC Pacific Room

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of nature on psychological well-being using a novel methodological approach involving immersive simulations of natural and built environments. The effects of these environments on connectedness to nature, self-reported affective state, implicit indicators of affective state, and meaning in life were examined. A 2 (environment type: natural versus built) x 2 (simulation type: standard photo versus equirectangular photo) x 2 (audio: with versus without audio) between-subjects design was utilized. Participants first completed pre-test assessments on their own prior to completing the laboratory portion of the study. In the laboratory, participants completed an assigned simulation and post-test assessment. Measures included the Connectedness to Nature Scale, Positive and Negative Affective Schedule, polygon test, Implicit Positive and Negative Affect Test, and the Meaning in Life Questionnaire. While data collection is ongoing, initial results indicate higher connectedness to nature in natural environment simulations versus built environmental simulations.