Binter and colleagues studied links between urban design and child development. They report that they “investigated the association between early-life urban environment and cognitive and motor function in children. We used data from 5403 mother–child pairs from four population-based birth-cohorts (UK, France, Spain, and Greece). . . . Higher greenness exposure within 300 m during pregnancy was associated with higher verbal abilities. . . . Higher connectivity density within 100 m and land use diversity during pregnancy were related to lower verbal abilities.
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Particular sorts of outdoor play spaces have more positive effects on children’s health and mental development.
Van Liempd, Oudgenoeg-Paz, and Leseman studied links between childcare center design and kids’ (aged 6 months to 6 years old) behavior.
In the last few years (2017 – 2019), a number of important and practical neuroscience-based studies of effective school design have been published and several significant design-related resources have been developed.
Ulset and her research team investigated links between time spent outside and cognitive development.
Pineda and her team studied soundscapes in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
A sit-stand desk intervention for 10 year olds in a New Zealand classroom has significantly improved those children’s school-related experiences.
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