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Applications of Wood on Stress, Affect, Likability, Willingness to Study Hong, Ann; Huang, Catherine; Su, Dave; Lee, Miji; Mok, Sophie


This study investigated whether simulated material imitating the appearance of wood yields the same restorative benefits as its authentic counterpart (material made from genuine wood). Upon viewing images of classrooms containing either authentic wood, simulated wood or no wood as their wall materials, participants were measured on their positive/negative affect, stress, likability and willingness to study. One extra measure was added to examine if participants’ could accurately perceive the wall material. Conducting one-way ANOVA tests for each measure, we found that the degree of authenticity in wood wall materials had no effect on participants’ level of affect and stress. However, further statistical analysis revealed that participants’ willingness to study and likability were significantly affected by the degree of authenticity in wood wall materials. Additionally, results measuring the perceived material demonstrated that, at large, participants failed to accurately report the wall material presented to them in the survey. Taken together, these findings shed light on the potential effects authentic materials have on students’ general subjective experiences; which can have far-reaching implications for how UBC approaches biophilic building materials. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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