The impact of exposure to films of natural and built environments on state body appreciation

Viren Swami, Mark Pickering, David Barron, Shreepali Patel

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Previous work has shown that exposure to images of nature results in elevated state body appreciation, but static images may lack ecological validity. Here, we examined the impact of exposure to short films of simulated, first-person walks in natural or built environments. Thirty-six university students completed a measure of state body appreciation before and after watching films of either a walk in a natural or a built environment created specifically for the present study. Two weeks later, they completed the same task but watched the other film type. Results indicated that exposure to the film of a natural environment resulted in significantly elevated state body appreciation (d = 0.66). There was no significant change in state body appreciation following exposure to the film of the built environment (d = 0.14). These findings suggest that exposure to films depicting the natural environment may promote immediate, moderate-sized improvements in state body image.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalBody Image
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


  • Adolescent
  • Body Image/psychology
  • Environment
  • Environment Design
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Media
  • Self Concept
  • Young Adult


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