Labyrinth Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Studies Related to Labyrinth Research (.pdf 517K)

This downloadable Bibliography has all entries sorted by author. The entries in the bibliography have been categorized below by topic and also by type (doctoral dissertation, journal article etc.).

Commonly reported effects of labyrinth walking

Rhodes, J. W.

Abstract:  Sixteen action research and/or empirical studies that report research into the effects of walking or otherwise interacting with labyrinths were used in preparation for this article.  Results of these action research and/or empirical studies form a base of research into the so-called and often-reported “labyrinth effects.”

Collectively these studies report the impact of the labyrinth on 38 physiological, psychological, mental, and dispositional traits  Of these 38 topics, 15 topics have been addressed by two or more research studies.  What the research says at the present time about these 15 topics is summarized in this article.   Because of the action research nature of most of the studies summarized in the article, care must be exercised in making generalizations and/or predictions beyond the samples studied.  However, the results of these studies, taken together, do appear to lend support to a two-part theoretical construct that might be helpful in understanding the so-called “labyrinth effect.”

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