Jiang, He, Chen, Larsen, and Wang evaluated how driving on a freeway through various sorts of urban environments influences driver experience. They found via 90-minute simulations of environments through which study participants “drove” at the legal speed limit (70–120 km/hour) that: “The summarized mental status measure is the average value of the seven measures of negative mental status (boredom, anger, frustration, tension, anxiety, avoidance, mental fatigue). . . . the tree-regularcondition evoked significantly lower levels of negative mental status than all other conditions.
Kondo and colleagues studied links between tree cover and human longevity. They report that “greenspaces in urban environments have been associated with physical and mental health benefits for city dwellers. . . . We did a greenspace health impact assessment to estimate the annual premature mortality burden for adult residents associated with projected changes in tree canopy cover in Philadelphia between 2014 and 2025. . .
Tallis and teammates looked into relationships between the number of trees near schools and the academic test scores of elementary school students.
Greenery at universities, indoors and out, has positive implications.
Zolch and colleagues studied how the presence of plants influences comfort in public squares, and their findings are applicable in many outdoor spaces.
Trees in schoolyards have again been linked to improved academic performance.
The right answer depends on location
Dadvand and his large team have gathered additional evidence indicating how important it is that people have ready access to green spaces.
Living near a forest is good for our brains.
Urban trees have an important effect on how weather is experienced.