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The Effects of Biophilic Art on Affective Well-Being Lutrin, Aimee; Gupta, Varnika; Kahlon, Prabhangad; Naik, Trisha; Spencer, Krysten; Jokar, Bita


Current research indicates the positive benefits of biophilia as well as art on affective well-being. However, there is a knowledge gap surrounding the effects of biophilic art on affective well-being, specifically when integrated into design. This study examines the effects of biophilic art compared to actual biophilia on affective well-being in the context of biophilic design elements. We hypothesise that actual biophilia and biophilic art have similar effects on affective well-being. We conducted an independent-samples T-test between the two conditions on 10 measures: Motivated, Calm, Tired, Bored, Gloomy, Active, At ease, Anxious, Annoyed, and Happy. Our preliminary findings reveal there is no significant difference found between the two conditions on any measure, indicating that biophilic art may be an appropriate substitute for actual biophilia in interior design. 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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