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An exploratory study into the effects of extraordinary nature on emotions, mood, and prosociality.

Joye Y, Bolderdijk JW - Front Psychol (2015)

Bottom Line: However, little research has yet examined the psychological benefits of extraordinary, awe-evoking kinds of nature, such as spectacular mountain scenes or impressive waterfalls.Our analyses revealed that, compared to mundane nature and a neutral condition, watching awesome natural scenes and phenomena had some unique and pronounced emotional effects (e.g., feeling small and humble), triggered the most mood improvement, and led to a more prosocial SVO.We found that participants' willingness to donate did not differ significantly for any of the conditions.

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Affiliation: Department of Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands.

ABSTRACT
Environmental psychology research has demonstrated that exposure to mundane natural environments can be psychologically beneficial, and can, for instance, improve individuals' mood and concentration. However, little research has yet examined the psychological benefits of extraordinary, awe-evoking kinds of nature, such as spectacular mountain scenes or impressive waterfalls. In this study, we aimed to address the underrepresentation of such extraordinary nature in research on human-nature interactions. Specifically, we examined whether watching a picture slideshow of awesome as opposed to mundane nature differentially affected individuals' emotions, mood, social value orientation (SVO), and their willingness to donate something to others. Our analyses revealed that, compared to mundane nature and a neutral condition, watching awesome natural scenes and phenomena had some unique and pronounced emotional effects (e.g., feeling small and humble), triggered the most mood improvement, and led to a more prosocial SVO. We found that participants' willingness to donate did not differ significantly for any of the conditions.

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Scores on the overall SVO score as a function of (slideshow) condition (error bars represent 95% confidence intervals).
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Figure 3: Scores on the overall SVO score as a function of (slideshow) condition (error bars represent 95% confidence intervals).

Mentions: A One-Way ANOVA with the donation index as dependent variable and slideshow condition as the between-subjects factor showed that slideshow condition did not have a significant influence on willingness to donate/help, F(2, 199) = 1.05, p = 0.351, η2p = 0.01 (see Table 3 for means and standard deviations)7. In contrast, a One-Way ANOVA with the overall SVO score as the dependent variable and slideshow condition as the between-subjects factor showed that slideshow condition had a significant impact on the overall SVO score, F(2, 199) = 6.57, p = 0.002, η2p = 0.06 (see Table 3 for means and standard deviations). While the overall SVO score was generally high, post-hoc comparisons showed that in the awesome nature condition participants made significantly more prosocial choices than in the mundane nature and neutral condition. There were no significant differences on the overall SVO score between the mundane nature and neutral condition (see Figure 3). Note also that there was no significant correlation between the overall SVO score and the donation index, r(200) = 0.05, p = 0.479.


An exploratory study into the effects of extraordinary nature on emotions, mood, and prosociality.

Joye Y, Bolderdijk JW - Front Psychol (2015)

Scores on the overall SVO score as a function of (slideshow) condition (error bars represent 95% confidence intervals).
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Figure 3: Scores on the overall SVO score as a function of (slideshow) condition (error bars represent 95% confidence intervals).
Mentions: A One-Way ANOVA with the donation index as dependent variable and slideshow condition as the between-subjects factor showed that slideshow condition did not have a significant influence on willingness to donate/help, F(2, 199) = 1.05, p = 0.351, η2p = 0.01 (see Table 3 for means and standard deviations)7. In contrast, a One-Way ANOVA with the overall SVO score as the dependent variable and slideshow condition as the between-subjects factor showed that slideshow condition had a significant impact on the overall SVO score, F(2, 199) = 6.57, p = 0.002, η2p = 0.06 (see Table 3 for means and standard deviations). While the overall SVO score was generally high, post-hoc comparisons showed that in the awesome nature condition participants made significantly more prosocial choices than in the mundane nature and neutral condition. There were no significant differences on the overall SVO score between the mundane nature and neutral condition (see Figure 3). Note also that there was no significant correlation between the overall SVO score and the donation index, r(200) = 0.05, p = 0.479.

Bottom Line: However, little research has yet examined the psychological benefits of extraordinary, awe-evoking kinds of nature, such as spectacular mountain scenes or impressive waterfalls.Our analyses revealed that, compared to mundane nature and a neutral condition, watching awesome natural scenes and phenomena had some unique and pronounced emotional effects (e.g., feeling small and humble), triggered the most mood improvement, and led to a more prosocial SVO.We found that participants' willingness to donate did not differ significantly for any of the conditions.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen Groningen, Netherlands.

ABSTRACT
Environmental psychology research has demonstrated that exposure to mundane natural environments can be psychologically beneficial, and can, for instance, improve individuals' mood and concentration. However, little research has yet examined the psychological benefits of extraordinary, awe-evoking kinds of nature, such as spectacular mountain scenes or impressive waterfalls. In this study, we aimed to address the underrepresentation of such extraordinary nature in research on human-nature interactions. Specifically, we examined whether watching a picture slideshow of awesome as opposed to mundane nature differentially affected individuals' emotions, mood, social value orientation (SVO), and their willingness to donate something to others. Our analyses revealed that, compared to mundane nature and a neutral condition, watching awesome natural scenes and phenomena had some unique and pronounced emotional effects (e.g., feeling small and humble), triggered the most mood improvement, and led to a more prosocial SVO. We found that participants' willingness to donate did not differ significantly for any of the conditions.

No MeSH data available.


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