Recently, the role of urban forests has become important as demand for urban forests for health promotion purposes has increased. Thus, the importance of urban forests has been emphasized as a “restorative environment”. Based on the SET (Supportive Environment Theory), eight factors (eg. serene nature, rich in species, space, prospect, refuge, social and culture) that are perceived as restorative environments by visitors of urban forests have recently been defined as PSDs (Perceived Sensory Dimension). The purpose of this study is to understand the concept of PSDs, which has recently been actively discussed in the overseas countries from theoretical & application perspective, empirical perspective and design perspective. It also explores its applicability to urban forest in Korea. For this, 37 research journals and dissertation thesis published from the late 1980s to the present 2020 were analyzed. First, from the theoretical and application perspective, PSDs were introduced over three generations and showed that the proportion of empirical research was the highest among all studies and was being actively conducted recently. The PSDs study was also used to identify a variety of theoretical applications. Second, as a result of examining empirical studies, they were conducted mainly in surveys in various countries. Among the eight elements of PSDs, ‘Seene’ and ‘Nature’ were commonly derived, and other factors showed different results. In addition, PSDs showed a pattern of being combined and perceived as a restorative environment rather than being recognized as a single factor. Third, as a result of analyzing the research from a design perspective, PSDs have been verified as useful tools for creating a healthy environment, with cases designed using PSDs to suit the purpose and evaluated to have a positive effect on the health promotion of users. It was also confirmed that PSDs were actively used on-site, such as developing tools to enable them to be implemented. In sum, it is currently being developed into empirical research and design research phase that apply PSDs to space. In order to apply PSDs to domestic urban forests, understanding the context and environment of each site, analysis of use characteristics, and comparison of national research results need to be carried out in order to analyze PSDs’ research results. In order to this, various methodologies such as quantitative research and qualitative research need to be carried out. There is also a need for a multidimensional approach to PSDs rather than a single elemental approach to the eight elements. In Korea, it is believed that it is necessary to draw up guidelines so that the abstract concept of PSDs can be embodied in the domestic situation and used in practice. This study is significant that it considered the concept of PSDs, which has been actively discussed abroad recently, and drew up application directions and tasks in Korea at a time when interest in urban forests is rising as a restorative environment. However, if the research on PSDs is actively carried out in the future, it is believed that more in-depth theoretical consideration can be made around the accumulated research results.