Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
The survey was conducted with hospital patients with Interior Design and Building Science students at Auburn University. Results show that nature images made even the design students feel better. However, there was a disparity between images students felt better about and those that they chose to have in their room. Overall realistic nature images rated higher in patients than the students. Findings suggest that designers may be using criteria for aesthetic judgment over emotional response during the selection of art, which may not be appropriate in the high stress context of healthcare environments.
Presented at Healthcare Design Conference 2006 and 2007
Published in Environment and Behavior Journal—March 2008