Williams and colleagues report on potential links between Citizen Science and health. They share that “NEs [natural environments] take a number of forms, ranging from pristine, modified, to built NEs, which are common in many urban areas. NEs may include nature-based solutions, such as introducing nature elements and biological processes into cities that are used to solve problems created by urbanisation. Whilst urbanisation has negative impacts on human health, impacting mental and physical wellbeing. . . exposure to NEs may improve human health and wellbeing.
Improve Mood/Increase Feelings of Wellbeing
Samuelsson studied links between urban design and wellbeing. He reports that “Drawing on literature from urban morphology, complex systems analysis, environmental psychology, and neuroscience, I provide a wide-angle view of how urban form relates to subjective well-being through movement, social and economic activity, experiences and psychological restoration. I propose three principles for urban form that could promote subjective well-being while also mitigating the environmental impact of cities in industrialized societies.
Content to improve lives and performance
Ratcliffe’s work confirms the value of nature soundtracks in particular contexts. She determined via a literature review that “nature is broadly characterized by the sounds of birdsong, wind, and water, and these sounds can enhance positive perceptions of natural environments presented through visual means. Second, isolated from other sensory modalities these sounds are often, although not always, positively affectively appraised and perceived as restorative.
De Groot evaluated how in-store scents influence shopping behavior. He determined via data collected in “a second-hand clothing store [where study participants] could face one of three conditions: fresh linen scent (pleasant and semantically priming ‘clean clothing’ increasing the products' value), vanilla sandalwood scent (pleasant control odor), or regular store odor (odorless control). . . . . that fresh linen scent almost doubled consumer spending vs. the odorless control and the pleasant control odor.
Recently, lots of attention has focused on meetings, and we’ve all learned to Zoom. Future in-meeting experiences will continue to significantly affect both individual and organizational wellbeing and performance. Neuroscience research can be used to encourage at-meeting situations with advantageous outcomes.
Workplace design can make worker burnout less likely and employee engagement more probable—neuroscience research details not only why but also how.
Comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness key
Mintz and colleagues studied how having contact with nature influenced human experience during COVID-19 lockdowns. They determined that “Nature contact [was] associated with higher positive affect [mood], and lower negative affect/stress. Various forms of contact with real nature were beneficial to well-being. . . . The study took place in Israel during the last week of the first COVID-19 lockdown, when citizens were restricted to remain within 100 m of home. . . .
Aristizabal and colleagues continue their research into the repercussions of biophilic in-workplace experiences. For the project reported here, they again exposed study participants to an assortment of experiences. The space where data were collected “allowed individuals to perform their typical workday task for 10 weeks. . . .