Implications of technologies compared
Support Mental Restoration/Ease Stress
Sadik and Kamardeen researched the professional implications of experiencing indoor nature (for example, inside plants, window views, pre-recorded nature sounds) and outdoor nature.
Stress destroys mental and physical wellbeing. Research details how design can help keep psychological stressors in check in our workplaces, homes, schools, healthcare facilities, stores, public spaces, and wherever else we may find ourselves, alone or with others.
Confirming urban parks' value
Jiang, He, Chen, Larsen, and Wang evaluated how driving on a freeway through various sorts of urban environments influences driver experience.
A Graham-lead team at the Center for the Built Environment, University of California, Berkeley, reviewed 20 years of data collected by the Center; their findings are available without charge at the web address noted below.
Research completed by Zhou, Wu, Meng, and Kang indicates that the acoustics in hospitals have a significant effect on stress experienced by patients.
Managing our personal spaces, the distances we maintain between ourselves in different situations, is something that our brains put a lot of effort into, although not often consciously. Research in the cognitive sciences indicates that design solutions that allow us to arrange ourselves through a space, at the distances we feel are appropriate, keep stress levels in check.
Refreshing surgeons, cutting stress
Nature-based stress busters