Behavioural Contagion in Hong Kong Urban Space under Mass Psychological Distress.

Authors

  • Mirna Zordan Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Jin Yeu Tsou Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5i14.2161

Abstract

Psychological factors affecting human behaviour ‘a priori’ are largely underestimated in the contemporary urban debate. Mass psychological distress is not considered as a factor affecting urban dynamics within city-spaces. This study compares activities, preferences, and psychological dynamics related to behavioural contagion theory towards urban spaces in Hong Kong before and after COVID-19. Results showed significant transitions in preferences among shopping malls and urban green spaces for stationary uses, paired with substantial changes at the destination decision-making process. Other than behavioural tendencies, these results provide directions for discussing the integration of mass psychological distress into future urban scenarios design.   

Keywords: behavioural contagion, mass psychological distress, urban space, Hong Kong.   

eISSN: 2398-4287© 2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer-review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.   
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Published

2020-07-01

How to Cite

Zordan, M., & Tsou, J. Y. (2020). Behavioural Contagion in Hong Kong Urban Space under Mass Psychological Distress. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 5(14), 303-310. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v5i14.2161