Category Archives: Nature

The Role of Social Relational Emotions for Human-Nature Connectedness

Little is known about the psychological processes through which people connect to nature. From social psychology, we know that emotions play an essential role when connecting to others. In this article, we argue that social connectedness and connectedness to nature … Continue reading

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Cognitive Restoration in Children Following Exposure to Nature

Exposure to nature improves cognitive performance through a process of cognitive restoration. However, few studies have explored the effect in children, and no studies have explored how eye movements “in the wild” with mobile eye tracking technology contribute to the … Continue reading

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Minimum Time Dose in Nature to Positively Impact the Mental Health

This review provides time-dose and activity-type evidence for programs looking to use time in nature as a preventative measure for stress and mental health strain and also demonstrates opportunities in six specific foci for more research in this area. College … Continue reading

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Vitamin N: the power of nature to help us through difficult times

Everything has changed. Coronavirus has affected our lives in ways that none of us could ever have imagined. Millions of us are now working remotely until further notice. We are rightly being told to stay home. This new world of lockdown can … Continue reading

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Connection to Nature – Exploring the Construct of Relational Values

Why should nature be preserved and protected? This question is often answered from an instrumental or an intrinsic position (Tallis and Lubchenco, 2014). The fundamental postulate of the intrinsic perspective is that biological diversity has a value of its own, … Continue reading

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The Hidden Power Laws of Ecosystems

As nature scales, complexity gives way to universal law. Here’s how to cause a ruckus: Ask a bunch of naturalists to simplify the world. We usually think in terms of a web of complicated interactions among animals, plants, microbes, earth, … Continue reading

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Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

Insects could vanish within a century at the current rate of decline, says global review. The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More … Continue reading

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We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too

Nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior. I’ve been an avid hiker my whole life. From the time I first strapped on a backpack and headed into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I was hooked on the … Continue reading

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Gardening to extend your life and drop your stress

Dan Buettner has studied five places around the world where residents are famed for their longevity: Okinawa in Japan, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Icaria in Greece, and Loma Linda in California and Sardinia in Italy. People living in these so-called … Continue reading

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Why Kids Need Wilderness And Adventure More Than Ever

These days, our kids’ lives are overscheduled, filled with pressure, and can be pretty intense. School, homework, sports and/or other extracurricular activities fill the week and often consumes many weekends as well. We all can feel like there is no … Continue reading

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