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Appraisals of Wildlife During Restorative Opportunities in Local Natural Settings

Johansson, Maria and Flykt, Anders and Frank, Jens and Hartig, Terry (2021). Appraisals of Wildlife During Restorative Opportunities in Local Natural Settings. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 9 , 635757
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Abstract

Many call for a broad approach to valuation of nature's contribution to people, one that provides a contextualized understanding of what may be experienced as a value in different cultures, groups and settings. In the present paper we address contributions of nature to psychological well-being as realized through restorative processes during encounters with wildlife. Although restorative benefits of nature experience have received much consideration, sparse attention has been given to the role of the presence or absence of different animals in the settings investigated. The presence of a liked species may increase appreciation for and engagement with a natural setting, but fear of encountering some species may counter the desire to visit a setting with otherwise high restorative quality. This paper proposes a psychological framework for understanding how wildlife may contribute to or hinder people's opportunities to restore in local natural settings. The framework addresses the transaction between the individual and their surroundings, making use of an appraisal theory of emotion and theories about the restorative benefits of nature experience. We focus upon encounters in landscapes shared by humans and wildlife, and we elaborate on our reasoning with scenarios from Sweden involving local people's appraisal of wolves and roe deer. An integrated understanding of the psychological processes at work would facilitate communication and decision-making about the contribution of wildlife in nature conservation and management.

Authors/Creators:Johansson, Maria and Flykt, Anders and Frank, Jens and Hartig, Terry
Title:Appraisals of Wildlife During Restorative Opportunities in Local Natural Settings
Series Name/Journal:Frontiers in Environmental Science
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:9
Article number:635757
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
ISSN:2296-665X
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Fish and Wildlife Management
Keywords:attention restoration, emotional appraisal, recreation motives, stress recovery, wildlife
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112119
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112119
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3389/fenvs.2021.635757
Web of Science (WoS)000651055900001
ID Code:24409
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:07 Jun 2021 15:03
Metadata Last Modified:07 Jun 2021 15:11

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