Prison Nature (10-03-19)

Moran determined that nature experiences, “real” or via images, have a restorative effect on people in prison, they seem to reduce their mental fatigue.  She reports “results of a survey of prisoners at a large medium-security prison for men in the United Kingdom. It reflects on prisoners' experiences in relation to elements of the environment in which they reside; specifically, outdoor green spaces and green views in the form of whole-wall photographic images of the natural environment. In an otherwise stressful context, such elements were self-reported to enable restorative effects, and to increase feelings of calm, and the ability to reflect.”

Dominique Moran.  2019.  “Back to Nature?  Attention Restoration Theory and the Restorative Effects of Nature Contact in Prison.”  Health and Place, vol. 57, pp. 35-43, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.03.005.