We will be posting primers, journal papers of interest and results from our latest Nature and Brain project here so stay tuned but here are a few tidbits to get you started.
Thorough 2015 meta-analysis by Ethan McMahan and David Estes on the effects of nature contact on positive and negative affects in the Journal of Positive Psychology
Nature and Rumination
Greg Bratmen et al examine how nature can influence brooding using fMRI. www.pnas.org/content/112/28/8567.abstract
Eye Movements and Nature Scenes
Deltcho Valtchenov and Colin Ellard explore how scenery influences our minds www.researchgate.net/publication/280018393_Cognitive_and_affective_responses_to_natural_scenes_Effects_of_low_level_visual_properties_on_preference_cognitive_load_and_eye-movements
Microbiome, Nature and Our Immune System
Graham Rook dives into the importance of how nature influences our microbiome http://www.pnas.org/content/110/46/18360.full.pdf
The Brain on Beauty
Excellent research by Irving Biederman and Edward Vessel on the built-in reward system for our inforvore brains.
Helpful review by neuroaesthetics specialists Anjan Chatterjee and Oshin Vartanian
Nature Imagery in Prisons
MSNBC: Weekends with Alex Witt:
Some Useful Reference Books
Places of the Heart: the Psychogeography of Everyday Life by Colin Ellard
The Age of Insight: the Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present by Eric Kandel
Your Brain on Nature by Eva Selhub and Alan Logan
Ecopsychology: Science, Totems and the Technological Species edited by Peter Kahn and Pat Hasbach.
Blue Mind: The surprising science that shows how being near, in,on or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do by Wallace J. Nichols.
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