Travelling and Mood (09-11-19)

Glasgow and teammates evaluated mood during travel by contacting people periodically during their journeys via their phones.   The researchers found that “Mood differed as a function of exposure to various built and natural environments. . . . Positive mood was higher for pedestrians and for bicyclists [than for people engaged in motorized travel]. . . . Interpersonal conversation during trips was associated with more positive mood. . . . Errand trips were associated with more negative mood compared to other trips. . . . Mood was lower when individuals travelled through places with a higher Walk Score®, but higher when individuals travelled through natural environments. All participants felt less safe when bicycling. . . . The research demonstrated how . . . urban transportation infrastructure could be designed to enhance mental well-being.” More information on Walk Score® is available here:

Trevin Glasgow, Huyen Le, E. Scott Geller, Yingling Fan, and Steve Hankey.  “How Transport Modes, the Built and Natural Environments, and Activities Are Associated with Mood:  A GPS Smartphone App Study.”  Journal of Environmental Psychology, in press,