Built Environment

38 items

Posted: May 7, 2014

Engaging the brain: the impact of natural versus urban scenes using novel EEG methods in an experimental setting

Richard Coyne
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This study investigates the use of electroencephalography (EEG) as a method to understand how the brain engages with natural versus urban settings – in tandem with subjective preferences. Roe, J., Aspinall, P., Mavros, P. and Coyne, R. 2013. ‘Engaging the brain: the impact of natural versus urban scenes using novel EEG methods in an experimental… Read more »

Posted: May 7, 2014

The urban brain: analysing outdoor physical activity with mobile EEG

Richard Coyne
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Researchers in environmental psychology, health studies and urban design are interested in the relationship between the environment, behaviour settings and emotions. In particular, happiness, or the presence of positive emotional mindsets, broadens an individual’s thought-action repertoire with positive benefits to physical and intellectual activities, and to social and psychological resources. Aspinall, P., Mavros, P., Coyne,… Read more »

Posted: May 2, 2014

Lifelong Access to Parks and Public Open Spaces

The I’DGO design guidance on neighbourhood parks and open spaces is based on OPENspace’s two cross-sectional surveys of older people, nine on-site behavioural observations and five accompanied visits to local open spaces with older people.

Posted: May 2, 2014

Interview with Lyndsay Buckland in The Scotsman

Professor Catharine Ward Thompson, director of the OPENspace Research Centre at Edinburgh University, discusses how outdoor areas need to be made more accessible for older people to keep the population active as it ages (published online at Scotsman.com on April 28, 2014).

Posted: May 1, 2014

Activity, exercise and the planning and design of outdoor spaces

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This paper reviews research into the relationships between attributes of outdoor environments and levels of activity and exercise in populations using those environments. It takes an environmental designer’s view of relevant and effective research and research approaches that can provide evidence for policy and practice. Ward Thompson, C. 2013. ‘Activity, exercise and the planning and… Read more »

Posted: May 1, 2014

Natural environments and their impact on activity, health and quality of life

This paper draws evidence from studies designed to explore the relationship between access to natural open spaces and physical activity, health, and quality of life. The research investigated patterns of woodland and green space visits for different kinds and levels of activity, relating these to perceptions, experience, and barriers to use by different groups across… Read more »

Posted: May 1, 2014

Preference and relative importance for environmental attributes of neighbourhood open space in older people

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Having a neighbourhood open space that is attractive and easy to visit can benefit older people’s well-being. However, to date little research has explored the comparative importance of different attributes of local open space for older adults. Aspinall, P.A, Ward Thompson, C., Alves, S., Sugiyama, T., Vickers, A. and Brice, R. 2010. ‘Preference and relative… Read more »

Posted: May 1, 2014

Older people’s health, outdoor activity and supportiveness of neighbourhood environments

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It has been found that the quality of neighbourhood environments is associated with people’s health. However, research so far is not conclusive as to mechanisms through which neighbourhood environments contribute to health in late life. Sugiyama, T. and Ward Thompson, C. 2007. ‘Older people’s health, outdoor activity and supportiveness of neighbourhood environments’ in Landscape and… Read more »