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Giuseppe Barbiero is head of the Laboratory of Affective Ecology at the University of Valle d’Aosta (LEAF/UniVDA). He is charter member of the Environmental Education Team of the Italian Society of Ecology. He is co-editor of Visions for Sustainability, an international scientific journal that promote debates on ways in which sustainability can be addressed and applied in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives.
The Laboratory of Affective Ecology (LEAF/UniVDA)
Our laboratory combines ecology, environmental psychology and evolutionary psychology approaches to study the affective bond between humans and Nature, also known as biophilia. We have been involved in showing that biophilia – as hypothesed by E.O.Wilson – is based on two constructs, fascination and affiliation, that corresponds to two constructs well known in environmental psychology, perceived restorativeness (PR) and connectedness to Nature (CN). We showed that Nature fascination reduces period of restoration of direct and sustained attention after a mental fatigue, according to Attention Restoration Theory. Now we are investigating the loci naturae features able to induce affiliation and, in this way, recovery from stress, according to Stress Recovery Theory. Finally, we are developing some conceptual frameworks (as, for example, the Biophilic Quality Index) for biophilic design, with the aim of rendering man-made spaces more coherent with innate human biophilia.
BOLTEN, B., BARBIERO G. (in press) Biophilic Design. How to enhance physical and psychological health and wellbeing in our built environments. In Therapeutic Landscape Design: method, strategies and new scientific approaches, S. Capolongo and A. Rebecchi eds., Springer.
BARBIERO, G., BERTO, R. (2018) From Biophilia to Naturalist Intelligence Passing Through Perceived Restorativeness and Connection to Nature Annals of Reviews and Research, 3(1): 555604.
BERTO, R., BARBIERO, G., BARBIERO, P., SENES, G. (2018) Individual’s Connection to Nature Can Affect Perceived Restorativeness of Natural Environments. Some Observations about Biophilia. Behavioral Sciences, 8, 34.
BERTO, R., PASINI, M., BARBIERO, G. (2015) How does Psychological Restoration Work in Children? An exploratory study. Journal Child and Adolescent Behaviour, 3: 200
BARBIERO, G. (2011) Biophilia and Gaia: Two Hypothesis for an Affective Ecology. Journal of BioUrbanism, 1: 11-27.
GUARNIERI, V., BENESSIA, A., CAMINO, E., BARBIERO, G. (2008) The Myth of Natural Barriers. Is Transgene Introgression by Genetically Modified Crops an Environmental Risk? Rivista di Biologia / Biology Forum 101, pp. 195-214.