Engagement, creativity, wellbeing boost
Improve Mood/Increase Feelings of Wellbeing
Affecting health, wellbeing, performance
Harris and Whiting evaluated online learning experiences and their findings can likely be extended to other contexts. The investigators found that “Participants in online classrooms struggle to make sense of emotional interactions. This is due to the separation of physical place between persons and the inability to see the reaction of bodies in online classrooms. . . . This study uses a microethnographic approach to observe two online multicultural education courses over a 7-week term to explore the normative and socially organized practices of affect and emotion. . . .
Nie and colleagues evaluated lighting’s influence on sleep quality and cognitive performance; participants in their study were 18 to 25 years old. The researchers reported that they “optimized and fabricated a four-channel mixed white light with peak wavelengths of 429, 523, 591, and 621 nm. Comparing with common white light emitting diode (LED) (5798 K, 212.7 lx), the mixed white light has lower correlated color temperature (CCT) (2799 K), higher illuminance (356.2 lx), similar melanopic illuminance, and better color fidelity. . . .
Fian and colleagues investigated nature’s effects on wellbeing. They “explored the relationships between both residential greenness and recreational nature visits, and affective (WHO-5 Well-Being Index) and evaluative (Personal Well-Being Index-7) subjective well-being. . . . Results suggest that merely making neighborhoods greener may not itself help reduce inequalities in subjective well-being.
Banerjee and associates studied the effect of lighting on visually impaired older individuals’ experiences in their homes. The researchers determined that “better lighting at home was associated with increased physical activity at home. For every 0.1-log units increase in average home lighting, individuals took 5% more daily steps and had a 3% increase in average daily peak cadence. Greater measured lighting was associated with higher physical activity levels in older adults. . . .
Figueiro and colleagues evaluated how people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are affected by lighting. The participants in their study were individuals with moderate to severe dementia and sleep disturbance. The researchers report that “This study explored the effects of a circadian-effective lighting intervention. . .
Figueiro and teammates continue their research into circadian lighting. The group reports on data collected at night: “Four ceiling lighting configurations, using combinations of direct and indirect lighting, were implemented along with one design that utilised local lighting. Every design delivered the same high level of circadian-effective lighting to participants. Saliva samples were obtained to measure nocturnal melatonin suppression.
Huber and Bailey evaluated how ambulatory patient waiting room design influences women’s moods. They had women (18-35 years old) look at images of various waiting rooms, and found that “Responses from 1,114 participants revealed mutual preferences for sociopetal seating [for example, in a ring facing inward], positive distractions, neutral colors, and welcoming and calming environments.
Ma and colleagues evaluated the repercussions of viewing indoor green walls. They found a link between looking at green walls of certain sizes and mental state: “Subjects’ cognitive performance was highly improved in the presence of a large green wall [green view index (GVI) = 15%]. Systolic blood pressure and heart rate were reduced . . . most significantly in the presence of a large green wall. Diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly . . .