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Greenspace Accessibility: Assessing its Impact on Psychological Well-being and Cognitive Performance of Students

Pulinat, Akhil George (2021) Greenspace Accessibility: Assessing its Impact on Psychological Well-being and Cognitive Performance of Students. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Considering that urbanization and population is growing gradually, open spaces with natural vegetation could at some point of time turn from a luxury into a scarcity. Unless there is a balance between urbanization and nature, both the planet and its hosts will have negative impacts in the long run. While there is a slow rise in the growth of pro-environmentalism and the global-awareness for the need for more, it could be more effective to focus on improving environmental standards for future generations. With the global student population being more than one-fifth of the world population, it is important to manage greenspaces and its accessibility to students in highly populated urban areas. With the gradual increase in population and limited space, it has become important to understand the influence of greenspaces on students. While a variety of research has shown that greenspaces have impacted the psychological well being and performance of students, it is also important to explore the different levels of accessibility available to them.

An experimental survey was conducted to understand the impact on students' mindfulness, performance and impulsivity. The study shows both a quantitative and qualitative assessment of a comparative difference from a student’s point of view on how greenspace accessibility has a high impact in their life.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Green space; Cognitive performance; Psychological well-being; mindfulness; impulsivity; Greenspace accessibility
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > Environment
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Science in Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2022 14:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 14:29
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5443

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