Views of Green Infrastructure Improve Attention

These are the images shown to study participants, one with a green flowering meadow on the city roof and the other of a stark concrete view. Image by University of Melbourne

These are the images shown to study participants, one with a green flowering meadow on the city roof and the other of a stark concrete view.
Image by University of Melbourne

New research published in the June 2015 issue of Journal of Environmental Psychology suggests that even a 40-second view of green infrastructure or nature can improve a person’s attention. Researchers at the University of Melbourne examined how “micro-breaks” that involved views of a green roof increased participant’s attention resources as they become depleted throughout the workday. For the study, 150 people participated in a sustained attention task. Midway through, some participants had a simulated view of a concrete roof while others viewed a picture of a green roof. The group that viewed the green roof showed consistent performance during the second half of the study, demonstrating that their flagging attention was refreshed, and they also made fewer omission errors. Read more.

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