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Exploration of Cognitive Experience on Adventurous Leisure Activity:A Case of Scuba Diving

  • Journal of Tourism Sciences
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2014, 38(10), pp.329-350
  • Publisher : The Tourism Sciences Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Social Science > Tourism

Kwak, Jaehyun 1 Kyung Wan Hong 2

1계명대학교 관광경영학과
2계명대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this research is to explore the cognitive experience of participants in the adventure leisure activity. Using the methodology of a focus group interview and participant observation, the unique qualities of the cognitive responses of an adventure leisure activity is wanting to be examined. Based on exploratory study involving scuba diving, the research examines what participants feel in outdoor recreation activities. The researchers observed 50 informants, after which 20 informants participated in a focus group interview. It was revealed that participants in the scuba diving activity feel natural wonders, interpersonal trust, self-advancement, a sense of isolation and challenges. Finally, adventure leisure activities are more than just entertainment to the participants. This activity also performs a role for the inner ego. This study provides preliminary data and a foundation for follow up studies in this area.

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