ERIC Number: ED077662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Structures of Environmental Associations.
Lowenthal, David; Riel, Marquita
A project undertaken to advance the systematic analysis of public response, attitudes, opinions, preferences, and values relating to the environment is discussed in this report, the sixth in a series of eight. The reports fall into two general categories: five describe and compare responses to representative milieus in New York, Boston, Cambridge (Massachusetts) and Columbus (Ohio), together with a comparative analysis of the four cities; the remaining analyze the relationships among responses to these milieus and interpret the resulting configurations of environmental traits. Interrelationships among environmental judgments and preferences is the subject of this report. It was found that many types of statistical analyses--phi correlation matrix, diagramatic extrapolations, and factor analysis--reveal sets of consistent patterns among judgments about the characteristics of various urban milieus. Structures of environmental association appear to be of two kinds. One kind comprises connectivities that are universal, in the sense they are powerful in all milieus and for all types of observers. The second kind involves connectivities whose character and strength diverge strongly from place to place or from observer to observer. Thus, the degree of universality and strength in mental structures generated by environmental experience varies with person and place. Related documents are SE 015 658 - SE 015 665. (BL)
Descriptors: Association (Psychology), Attitudes, Behavioral Sciences, Case Studies, Eidetic Imagery, Environment, Organization, Perception, Responses, Semantic Differential, Urban Areas, Values
American Geographical Society, Broadway at 156th Street, New York, New York 10032 ($2.50 each or $12.50 for the set of 8)
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Authoring Institution: American Geographical Society, New York, NY.
Note: Publications in Environmental Perception No. 6