Landscape perception and environmental psychology

Catharine Ward Thompson*

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This chapter sets a context for understanding how we engage with the world around us, particularly the outdoor and natural elements of the environment. It describes studies and research approaches that explore how we experience the landscape, on a number of levels, and the relevance of this to our attitudes, our behaviour, and indeed our wellbeing. A key element relates to evidence on the process of landscape perception – how we make sense of the environment and what it offers. It discusses theories and models which attempt to explain the bases of aesthetic response, preference and behaviour. It gives an overview of methods that have been effective in empirical research to help understand how people engage with the landscape in everyday life and techniques, methodologies or principles that might fruitfully be pursued in future to address gaps in our understanding. This is necessarily a brief overview and many themes are the subject of a considerable body of research which can only be touched upon here.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies
PublisherTaylor and Francis Group
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781136220609
ISBN (Print)9780415684606
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2012


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