People's Psychophysiological Responses to Tropical Urban Tree Pruning in Hawaii

Thursday, July 25, 2013: 2:15 PM
Desert Salon 13-14 (Desert Springs J.W Marriott Resort )
Andrew Kaufman, ASLA, MLA, Ph.D. , Dept.Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Aarthi Padmanabhan, Grad student , University of Hawaii, Honolulu
Aliah Irvine, Student , University of Hawaii, Honolulu
Dioreme Navasca, Student , University of Hawaii, Honolulu
Sang Mi Lee , Urban Agiculture Research Division, Rural Development Administration, Suwon, Korea, Republic of (South)
Plants are a vital component of the social and economic health of our cities. Previous studies have shown how plants and natural landscapes can have significant impacts on people’s attitudes as well as physiological states. Through this study, the visual stimuli shown to participants focus specifically on trees in the Hawaiian landscape that are subjected to proper and improper pruning practices. Results obtained from analysis of physiological measures recorded (ECG, GSR, EMG, and EEG) indicate clear trends in peoples’ psychophysiological, cognitive and emotional responses.