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Visio-psychological Effect of Spring Flowers Blossoms on University Students

봄꽃의 개화가 대학생들에게 미치는 시각·심리적 영향

  • Jo, Hyun-Ju (East Coast Life Sciences Institute, Gangneung-Wonju National University) ;
  • Hong, Gye-Sook (Yeongwol Forest Corp.)
  • 조현주 (강릉원주대학교 동해안생명과학연구소) ;
  • 홍계숙 ((주)영월산림)
  • Received : 2016.05.17
  • Accepted : 2016.08.22
  • Published : 2016.08.31

Abstract

The present study was performed to investigate the psychological effects of spring flowers blossoms, which is one of the elements influencing to human psychology, in order to provide scientific evidence on the psychological benefits of green plants. A self-reporting survey was conducted by using self reporting questionnaires on the impression (semantic differential method: SD method) and mood states (profile of mood states: POMS) of eighty university students in their twenties. Korean forsythia, Korean rosebay, Japanese apricot, Cherry blossom, and Magnolia were chosen as spring flowers. The results of impression evaluation and mood states changes showed that spring flower blossom had beautiful, soft, warm, moist, familiar and full impressions, and changed our mood positively by reducing depression and anger, or by increasing vigor. In addition, different psychological effects can be differently observed depending on the species; for example, Cherry blossom had a greater effect in changing the impression and feeling than others. The findings would provide support toward the active usage in green space as well as its design maximizing the psychological effects of nature.

Keywords

Green plants;Psychological benefit;SD method;Profile of mood states

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