Life Environments – Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center

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There are lots of resources that explore and address nature and cognitive health! Here are a few we believe will help you understand more about this fascinating and important topic.

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The Human/Nature Relationship

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This Is Your Brain on Nature - When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor. - National Geographic

How does nature impact our well-being?  - University of Minnesota

Natural environments - healthy environments? An exploratory analysis of the relationship between greenspace and healthSjerp de Vries, Robert A Verheij, Peter P Groenewegen ; Peter Spreeuwenberg - Netherlands Research

Distraction therapy with nature sights and sounds reduces pain during flexible bronchoscopy: A complementary approach to routine analgesia. Diette GB, Lechtzin N, Haponik E, Devrotes A, Rubin HR. National Institutes of Health

The Restorative Effect of Nature. Why connecting to the great outdoors is good for our wellbeing - Psychology Today 

Healthy Workplaces: The Effects of Nature Contact at Work on Employee Stress and Health - Public Health Reports

Benefits of Nature: What We Are Learning about Why People Respond to Nature - Virginia I. Lohr Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University

Effect of exposure to natural environment on health inequalities: an observational population study -   Dr Richard Mitchell, PhD , Frank Popham, PhD - The Lancet

View through a window may influence recovery from surgeryAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science

Can Nature Make Us More Caring? Effects of Immersion in Nature on Intrinsic Aspirations and Generosity - Netta Weinstein, Andrew K. Przybylski, Richard M. Ryan - University of Rochester

Recent Press Stories...

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Graduate school can have terrible effects on people's mental health  - The Atlantic
Ph.D. candidates suffer from anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation at astonishingly high rates. Read the full story

U.S. life expectancy declines again, a dismal trend not seen since World War I - The Washington Post
This hasn’t happened since war and a flu pandemic devastated the world’s population from 1915 to 1918. Read the full story

Burnout among physicians a pervasive problem that can lead to major medical errors - NBC News
"We've created a system that's taking people who care a lot, and ... making them angry, and apathetic and depressed." Read the full story

Why Amazon built its workers a mini rain forest inside three domes in downtown Seattle - The Washington Post
A green-friendly building designed by high-profile architects appears to be fast replacing ping-pong tables and gourmet chef-managed cafeterias as the new must-have perk for high-tech workers. Read the full story

More College Students Seem to Be Majoring in Perfectionism New York Times 
New data indicates that perfectionism, especially when influenced by social media, has increased by 33 percent since 1989. Read More...

A surprising side effect of children's allergies: anxiety - The Washington Post
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What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides - The Washington Post
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The eyes may be the window to the soul, but science is showing the ears may be the route to our hearts - The Washington Post
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Alternative-health gurus harness the language of medicine to sound authoritative. Doctors and other scientists must push back. - The New York Times
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This secret experiment tricked psychiatrists into diagnosing sane people as having schizophrenia - The Washington Post
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