Working in a simulating driving environment, Swedish researchers investigated the influences on the type of roadside vegetation on driving behavior.
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Bringslimark and her colleagues have reviewed the scientific literature related to the psychological effects of indoor plants.
Several recent articles have probed the importance of integrating nature into academic design.
Evidence from two recent studies support the view that trees and grass around public housing sites can reduce some aggression and deter crime. Originally published in Issue 1, 2002.
Awareness of the value of designers’ use of visual and audio natural fractal patterns is growing among scientists and informed design clients.
Researchers in England report that smelling rosemary oil increases alertness and improves long-term memory. Their work also confirms previous research findings that the scent of lavender is relaxing.
Open workplaces appear to increase beneficial and appropriately timed inter-employee communication. Becker and Sims found cubicle workspaces to be the least productive of today’s workplaces.
Researchers have known that working in a sea of cubicles is stressful for some time, and The Mind Lab, a British research institute, has just released results of an additional study consistent with these earlier findings.
The value of restorative natural settings is well established. Little is known, though, about the potential restorative effect of well-designed urban environments.
Researchers Charles Snowdon of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and David Tele of the University of Maryland School of Music in College Park, have found striking similarities between the sorts of music that tamarin monkeys and humans find calming or stressful.