Event Title

Architecture and Connectedness to Nature

Presenter Information

Sarah Kahl, Oberlin CollegeFollow

Location

King Building 321

Start Date

4-29-2016 2:45 PM

End Date

4-29-2016 3:45 PM

Abtract

Connectedness to nature is one’s emotional connection to the natural world and has many psychological benefits. This study uses the Adam Joseph Lewis Center (AJLC) and Mudd to determine whether architecture can influence one’s connectedness to nature. We found that Mudd decreases one’s connectedness to nature, potentially due to the architecture style. Participants maintained their connectedness to nature in the AJLC. Implications are discussed, such as including aspects of nature into architecture.

Notes

Session II, Panel 7 - Modes of Biophilia: Reflections on Health and Wellness
Moderator: Steve Wojtal, Professor of Geology and Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Link to full text thesis at OhioLINK ETD Center:
http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=oberlin1498176149901461

Major

Psychology

Advisor(s)

Cindy Frantz, Psychology

Project Mentor(s)

Stephan Mayer, Psychology

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Apr 29th, 2:45 PM Apr 29th, 3:45 PM

Architecture and Connectedness to Nature

King Building 321

Connectedness to nature is one’s emotional connection to the natural world and has many psychological benefits. This study uses the Adam Joseph Lewis Center (AJLC) and Mudd to determine whether architecture can influence one’s connectedness to nature. We found that Mudd decreases one’s connectedness to nature, potentially due to the architecture style. Participants maintained their connectedness to nature in the AJLC. Implications are discussed, such as including aspects of nature into architecture.