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Attention restoration theory as a framework for analysis of Tweets about urban green space: A case study

Wilkie, Stephanie, Thompson, Emine, Cranner, Paul and Ginty, Kevin (2020) Attention restoration theory as a framework for analysis of Tweets about urban green space: A case study. Landscape Research. ISSN 0142-6397

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In this study, the use of Twitter as a potential method to capture unsolicited views of urban green spaces was explored. Tweets were content analysed using attention restoration theory (Kaplan & Kaplan, 1989) as the framework. Tweets about three city-centre urban green spaces in northern England were analysed for four attention restoration characteristics: being away, fascination, compatibility, and extent. Of 5,624 Tweets matching search parameters, approximately 10% were suitable for analysis after re-Tweets, advertising and event-related matches were eliminated. Tweets most often referred to fascination or compatibility. Fewer than 5% of Tweets referred to being away and none referred to extent. Tweets associated with more biodiverse locations were also more fascinating. The thematic content in unsolicited Tweets about urban green space was consistent with characteristics central to attention restoration theory, reinforcing the positive potential of urban green spaces for attention restoration and Twitter as a potential data source.

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Depositing User: Stephanie Wilkie


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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 14:52
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2021 02:38


Author: Stephanie Wilkie ORCID iD
Author: Emine Thompson
Author: Paul Cranner
Author: Kevin Ginty

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Psychology > Psychology

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