We investigated whether immersion in nature over a typical urban environment resulted in improvements to endogenous attention. Using a quasi-experimental design with random assignment, the performance of typically developing children and adolescents on a state-of-the-art attention task was evaluated before and after exposure to a nature or urban condition. We found differences between the exposure groups on two endogenous attentional measures due to both improved performance in the nature group and worse performance in the urban group following exposure.
I'm Daniel Rainham, an associate professor at Dalhousie University. I work with a fantastic team of trainees and colleagues to explore the relationships between the quality of the environment and human health. The quality of the environment can be beneficial, like when we take time to immerse ourselves in nature; or, it can be detrimental such as when we are exposed to harmful contaminants.
My research is focused on measuring the characteristics of the environment, investigating how these characteristics affect our health, and experimenting with solutions and interventions toward a sustainable, healthy lifespan. If this type of work sounds interesting or even fascinating to you then please get in touch.
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