10 studies that show the benefits of nature in children

Here are 10 studies that demonstrate the benefits of nature for children:

  1. "Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation" by Bratman et al. (2015): This study found that a 90-minute nature walk decreased negative thought patterns and neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with depression.

  2. "The cognitive benefits of interacting with nature" by Berman et al. (2008): This study found that participants who went on a nature walk performed better on cognitive tasks than those who walked in an urban environment.

  3. "A room with a green view: The importance of nearby nature for mental health" by Taylor et al. (2002): This study found that views of nature from hospital windows reduced patient stress and improved recovery time.

  4. "Nature-based interventions for improving the mental health of children and adolescents: A systematic review" by Van den Berg et al. (2018): This review of 35 studies found that nature-based interventions improved mental health outcomes in children and adolescents.

  5. "The effects of natural environments on attention restoration" by Berto (2005): This study found that exposure to natural environments improved attention and cognitive performance.

  6. "Green schoolyards as restorative environments: Children's reactions to environmental stimuli in schoolyards with and without gardens, trees, and flowers" by Wells and Evans (2003): This study found that green schoolyards improved children's moods, attention, and behavior.

  7. "A randomized controlled trial investigating the benefits of mindfulness training for school children" by Weare and Nind (2011): This study found that mindfulness training in a natural setting improved emotional well-being and behavior in school children.

  8. "Exposure to nature counteracts aggression" by Kuo and Sullivan (2001): This study found that children living in apartments with nearby trees and green spaces were less aggressive than those who didn't have access to greenery.

  9. "Green space and stress: Evidence from cortisol measures in deprived urban communities" by Ward Thompson et al. (2012): This study found that exposure to green space reduced stress levels in urban residents.

  10. "The role of nature in coping with psycho-physiological stress: A literature review on restorativeness" by Staats et al. (2016): This review of 25 studies found that exposure to nature increased feelings of calm and well-being while reducing stress and anxiety.

You can access these studies by searching for their titles on academic search engines such as Google Scholar or PubMed.

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