ERIC Number: ED077664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Environmental Structures: Semantic and Experiential Components.
Lowenthal, David; Riel, Marquita
A project undertaken to advance the systematic analysis of public responses, attitudes, opinions, preferences, and values relating to the environment is discussed in this report, the eighth 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. Along with direct environmental experience, linguistic modes of expression also influence what people respond to and how they respond to it, as analyzed in this report. It is shown that both environmental experience and purely semantic responses reveal mental structures comprising clusters of attributes that shape many of our views of the world. Among strongly evidenced configurations independent of milieu, those that derive from actual observation overlap considerably with those generated by semantic response. But while language at times reinforces environmental experience, at other times the two are opposed. The differences help to show how and explain why the way we think we see the world is in many respects not the way we actually do see it. Related documents are SE 015 658 - SE 015 664. (BL)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Behavioral Sciences, Case Studies, Eidetic Imagery, Environment, Experience, 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. 8