When you can’t go forest bathing, bringing elements of the forest inside can still have a positive impact on mood, recent research suggests.
A study at the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics into the impact of biophilic design (which emphasizes connection with the natural world) found a positive impact on mood. Participants were assigned to complete a set of laptop-based tasks in either a room with live potted plants and nature-inspired decor or a more sterile control room.
According to Penn Today, the participants assigned to the biophilic design room demonstrated a more positive mood than the control group.
The initial findings will shape future research into biophilic design at Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics. That includes a study on the impact of biophilic design in mental health facilities, with a particular emphasis on how biophilic rooms can affect people who are anxious or in stressful environments. According to the article in Penn Today:
“To that end, [Dr. Anjan] Chatterjee is working with a mental health facility to create a study around what he’s calling a biophilic refresh room. It’s intended for people who suffer from addiction, as well as for facility staff.”
Read more about the study’s design and findings here.
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