Cognition and Interaction: From the Perspective of Daily Therapeutic Landscape of the Coastal Zone

Shu Chen Tsai, Hui Wang, Su Hsin Lee, Zhe Zou*

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This study explored the relationship between mental and physical therapeutic effects through three dimensions: man–environment relationships, a sense of place, and symbolic landscapes. The study used a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Local residents living in the coastal area of Xinglin Bay were the research objects. Quantitative data analysis revealed that the frequency of residents’ visits was an important variable affecting their physical and treatment perceptions. For those who visit frequently, these visits can evoke memories, which can better express their sensory experience. The text analysis showed that residents picked up two major landscape elements to form the sense of place and symbolic landscape: one is the water body in the coastal zone, and the other is the cultural symbol of the peninsula. Based on untoward event experience, the residents assembled the elements into a new spatial relationship with therapeutic affordance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number794
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Oct


  • assembly
  • experience
  • human geography
  • new spatial relationship
  • pick up
  • sense of place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Development
  • Genetics
  • General Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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