Walkability and Personality (05-15-20)

Gotz and colleagues link area walkability and human personality.  The researchers share that they had “hypothesized that walkability would be positively linked to Agreeableness and Extraversion due to increased opportunities for social interactions and selective migration. . . . walkability was positively related to Extraversion . . . but not to Agreeableness. . . . walkable urban environments may be conducive to a more animated and lively social climate which is reflected in heightened extraversion among residents of such areas. . . . walkability robustly predicts individual Extraversion. . . .This finding is in line with prior research (1) arguing that walkability facilitates repeated social interactions and communication with one's neighbours . . . (2) showing that extraverts are more likely to migrate to densely populated, walkable urban areas. . . . unlike extraverts . . . agreeable people are generally unlikely to move . . .which could explain why they may not be more prevalent in walkable areas, despite finding them attractive.”

Friedrich Gotz, Shinya Yoshino, and Atsushi Oshio.  “The Association Between Walkability and Personality: Evidence from a Large Socioecological Study in Japan.”  Journal of Environmental Psychology, in press, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101438