Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität Dresden have studied stress and reached the conclusion that “stress is contagious.” They learned that “Observing another person in a stressful situation can be enough to make our own bodies release the stress hormone cortisol. . . .
Creating playgrounds that encourage physical activity is one way to help keep young people from becoming obese. At one test site, adding movable/recycled materials to a schoolyard increased the physical activity levels of children 5 to 12 over the course of a school year relative to students at another, comparable school where movable/recycled materials weren’t placed in schoolyards for the youngsters to play with during class breaks. The movable/recycled materials added “included milk crates, swimming noodles, buckets, cardboard boxes, tyre tubes, pipes, vacuum hoses, plastic w
Previous research has shown that educational advantages accrue when vegetation is visible through school windows (for example, see Designing for Play). Kelz and her colleagues “investigated the influence of a redesign (greening) of a [middle school] schoolyard on pupils’ [average age 14.4 years] physiological stress, psychological well-being, and executive functioning.” Research was conducted at three schools in rural Austria and “The renovated schoolyard significantly diminished pupils’ physiolog
Research by Rosenkranz, Rosenkranz, Holt, and Duncan confirms that it’s important to design opportunities to stand and to walk into workplaces and similar spaces.
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Arns, van der Heijden, Arnold, and Kenemans have identified a link between ADHD symptoms and daylight.
Environmental psychologists have, for some time, acknowledged that eye contact plays a role in forming bonds between individuals.
Sanders probed the relationship between the arrangement of chairs in classrooms and student engagement.
Can classroom window views improve grades, or do they just make students feel better?