EnviWell is a research group led by Dr. Psychol., Professor Kalevi Korpela at the University of Tampere, Faculty of Social Sciences/Psychology, Finland.

The group (currently 8-10 persons) consists of post docs, PhD and Master’s students working in environmental psychology.

We focus on the relationship between restorative environments – whether urban or natural – and well-being and health. Several measures of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, aesthetic experiences, tests of attentional functioning and physiological measures (cortisol, alpha-amylase, heart rate variability, blood pressure) are used.

We have specialized in research on everyday favorite places (among urban residents) and their role in emotion- and self-regulation, including the role of memories and place attachment in affecting restorative outcomes. We also study the effectiveness of psychological task/instructions (placed along walking trails in forests/parks) intended to enhance stress restoration.

One focus of our research is the relative benefits of physical activity carried out in different environments – indoors, outdoors in built settings, and natural settings. We investigate recovery from work stress as it relates to nature/greenspace exposure.

Keywords: favorite places, restorative environments, urban/natural settings, emotion, attention, self-regulation, place attachment, place bonding, place identity, aesthetic experience, physical activity, well-being, stress recovery