Stress reduction theory:
Stress is a process of responding to events and situations that are challenging, exceed coping resources, or threaten well-being.
Responses to stress: increase blood pressure, increase cholesterol, localized inflammation, increased stomach acids.
Psychological responses: Negative emotions, interpretation of stressful situations, (Vulnerability, perceived ability to cope with the situation).
Sources of stress: cataclysmic events, life events, daily hassle
Organic and Naturalistic Dimension: shapes and forms in a built environment that
Directly, indirectly, or symbolically reflect the inherent human affinity of nature
Direct Experience: unstructured contact with features of the natural environment such as daylight, plants, animals, natural habitats, and ecosystems.
Indirect Experience: contact with nature that requires humans ongoing input such as potted plants, water fountains, or aquariums
Symbolic or Vicarious Experience: representation of the natural world through images, pictures, videos, metaphors, and more.
Depends on senses
Explanation: overload, stress, arousal, behavior constraint, non-verbal communication, privacy, intimacy equilibrium model, and Ethological models
Sensory input & personal distance: vision, hearing, smell, touch
Amygdalae: in the brain/controls fear and emotions