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Malmgren, Pia (2008) Upplevelser av natur utan visuella intryck. Other thesis, SLU.

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Abstract

In nature settings people often experience positive emotions. Litterature and theories about the positive effect of nature on humans are largely based upon visual impressions and aesthetic preference. The purpose of the present study is to examine how visually impaired individuals that lack visual impressions experience nature. The background is about what it means to be visually impaired and what it is like to be visually impaired in a nature setting, followed by a presentation of the five human senses and about stimulation of senses in healing gardens. That is followed by theories about the health promoting effect of nature, about why nature and therapeutic gardens make people feel good. After that theories about experiences and relations with settings are presented. The six individuals in the study are all seriously visually impaired, two of which have had full eyesight earlier in life. Through individual semi-structured conversation interviews the enticement of the nature, the state of mind and the dominant sensory impressions followed by nature sojourn were examined. The results show that the subjects are enticed by being in nature settings and that they feel satisfaction from following the development of plants and following the changes in nature settings. This study can be useful in the creation of gardens, parks and woodlands - not just for the benefit of the visually impaired but also for the creation of nature settings that stimulates the five senses for all of us.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: natur, upplevelser, naturupplevelser, synskadade, sinnesintryck, trädgårdar
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. Landscape Management, Design and Construction
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Depositing User: Pia Malmgren
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:06
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/2745

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