Experience Nature to Improve Mental Process
This is an interesting study. It seems
that nature is beneficial to people. This
makes it even more important to
preserve natural areas. It also shows
city people need to get outside the cities often.
The results were quite interesting. In the first experiment, performance on the memory and attention task greatly improved following the walk in the park, but did not improve for volunteers who walked downtown.
And it is not just being outside that is beneficial for mental functions — the group who viewed the nature photographs performed much better on the retest than the group who looked at city scenes.
The authors suggest that urban environments provide a relatively complex and often confusing pattern of stimulation, which requires effort to sort out and interpret.