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New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain

Jun 29 2015
Fellow, Research, Stanford

In the past several months, a bevy of studies have added to a growing literature on the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors. That includes recent research showing that short micro-breaks spent looking at a nature scene have a rejuvenating effect on the brain — boosting levels of attention — and also that kids who attend schools featuring more greenery fare better on cognitive tests.

Co-author Gregory Bratman is a student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources PHD program, a 2013 James and Nancy Kelso SIGF Fellow and was a 2009 David and Lucile Packard Foundation SGF.