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How to feel ‘Good’? : A Quantitative Study on the Effects of Nature and an Active Mental State on Positive Affect, Feelings of Creativity and Enjoyment.

Rempkens, L.A.H. (2021) How to feel ‘Good’? : A Quantitative Study on the Effects of Nature and an Active Mental State on Positive Affect, Feelings of Creativity and Enjoyment.

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Abstract:Individually oriented approaches to enhance well-being can be of crucial value in combating low well-being rates amongst a diversity of population groups. Motivated by research that showed nature’s positive influence on well-being aspects such as positive affect and creativity, this study aimed to find out if such effects would also be present for nature paintings, and whether an active mental state would enhance such a positive effect. To this end, participants of an online questionnaire saw either a painting of a natural environment or of an urban environment and were asked to either write down a memory that matched the painting or to write down how many colours the painting counted, hereby serving for differences in participants’ mental state. Thereafter, participants filled out a questionnaire including self-report measures for the well-being aspects positive affect, feelings of creativity and enjoyment of the painting. The results of this study showed positive affect, feelings of creativity and enjoyment of the painting to be enhanced by the nature painting. An interaction effect was found for feelings of creativity, indicating that the effect of nature painting more pronounced in the case of an active mental state, indicating a moderation effect of mental state.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86478
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