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Harvard Medical School – Brains Response To Nature

Harvard Medical School – Sour mood getting you down? Get back to nature

  • “In a 2015 study, researchers compared the brain activity of healthy people after they walked for 90 minutes in either a natural setting or an urban one. They found that those who did a nature walk had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that is active during rumination — defined as repetitive thoughts that focus on negative emotions.”
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Cornell University Lab – Benefits Of Children In Nature

  • “Impacts of outdoor schools in California showed an incredible 27% increase in measured mastery of science concepts, enhanced cooperation and conflict resolution, self-esteem gains, and other positive outcomes in at-risk 6th graders who attended a one-week residential outdoor education program.”
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Berkeley University News – Stressed out by the news? Nature videos will make you happier

  • “I have long believed that nature and viewing sublime and beautiful nature in painting, film and video shifts how we look at the world, and humbles us, brings into focus our core goals, diminishes the petty voice of the self and strengthens our nervous system,” says Keltner, who has published numerous studies on the psychological and physiological effects of nature-inspired awe.
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Stanford University Research – Researchers find mental health prescription: Nature

  • “Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.”
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Dr. Eva Selhub, MD – Nature Deprivation – Doctor Explains How To Take Advantage Of The Healing Powers Of Nature

Journal Of Environmental Psychology- Exposure To Natural And Urban Environments

Science Magazine – View through a window may influence recovery from surgery

  • “Twenty-three surgical patients assigned to rooms with windows looking out on a natural scene had shorter postoperative hospital stays, received fewer negative evaluative comments in nurses’ notes, and took fewer potent analgesics than 23 matched patients in similar rooms with windows facing a brick building wall.”
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University Of Minnesota Research – How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?

  • “This is nicely demonstrated in a now classic study of patients who underwent gallbladder surgery; half had a view of trees and half had a view of a wall. According to the physician who conducted the study, Robert Ulrich, the patients with the view of trees tolerated pain better, appeared to nurses to have fewer negative effects, and spent less time in a hospital. More recent studies have shown similar results with scenes from nature and plants in hospital rooms.”
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University Of Colorado Research – How Camping Helps You Sleep Better

  • “Spending time in nature can work wonders for human health, from lowering blood pressure and stress hormones to sparking feelings of awe. Growing research suggests it may also improve sleep by resetting our internal clocks to a natural sleep cycle.
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