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Psychological mechanisms in outdoor place and weather assessment: towards a conceptual model

Journal article
Authors Igor Knez
Sofia Thorsson
Ingegärd Eliasson
Fredrik Lindberg
Published in International Journal of Biometeorology
Volume 53
Issue 1
Pages 101-111
ISSN 1432-1254
Publication year 2009
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Conservation
Pages 101-111
Language en
Keywords Thermal comfort, Cognitions and emotions, Age, Gender, Environmental attitude
Subject categories Climate Research, Environmental psychology


The general aim has been to illuminate the psychological mechanisms involved in outdoor place and weather assessment. This reasoning was conceptualized in a model, tentatively proposing direct and indirect links of influence in an outdoor place–human relationship. The model was subsequently tested by an empirical study, performed in a Nordic city, on the impact of weather and personal factors on participants’ perceptual and emotional estimations of outdoor urban places. In line with our predictions, we report significant influences of weather parameters (air temperature, wind, and cloudlessness) and personal factors (environmental attitude and age) on participants’ perceptual and emotional estimations of outdoor urban places. All this is a modest, yet significant, step towards an understanding of the psychology of outdoor place and weather assessment.

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