A "Nature pill” for healthy ageing in urban areas
The ultimate goal is to articulate a “nature prescription” for healthy ageing in urban areas. While many studies show a positive influence of the nature experience on human health and wellbeing, there is little understanding about how much or in what form the nature experience should be. This line of inquiry is timely in light of the global increase in urbanization and healthcare costs.
Our collaboration will focus on developing protocols to articulate the duration, frequency, and quality of a nature experience that best supports health as people age. We will a) develop new methods to track participants' nature experience via smart phone technologies, b) develop a system to define greenspace quality in terms of aesthetics and environmental health and c) conduct a pilot study to evaluate the impact of the "nature interventions" on health and wellbeing indicators (e.g., cortisol level, attention capacity, blood pressure, and self-reports).
The project is best served with expertise in ecological design, medicine/public health/environmental psychology, plus information technology and/or biostatistics. Our results will become the foundation for further funded work to define a nature prescription for ageing adults, to articulate protocols for defining nature prescriptions for other sub-populations, and to develop methods for successful delivery of the nature intervention to the medical community and those in their care.
research featured in story by Jared Green in the Huffington Post, June 24, 2015
cited by Henry Grabar in Next City, January 2016
with David Fair of WEMU (NPR affiliate), January 2016
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), 2015, Chicago, IL
Developing Design Guidelines for Urban Spaces in Support of Mental Wellbeing Using Theoretical Frameworks from Environmental Psychology and Aesthetics
Presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), 2015, Los Angeles, CA
Designer’s approach for scene selection in tests of preference and restoration along a continuum of natural to manmade environments
Published in Frontiers in Psychology, 2015
Cited in article by Jared Green in The Dirt, 2015