What sorts of spaces seem most restorative for college students?
Support Mental Restoration/Ease Stress
Oommen, Knowles, and Zhao have reviewed the research related to open plan offices.
The psychologically restorative effects of nature have been extolled for some time, by Stephen and Rachel Kaplan, among others.
Recent research has indicated significant influences of office lighting on worker experience.
The amount of natural vegetation, or greenness, in a neighborhood would logically seem to be equally linked to both perceived physical and mental health, but this is not the case.
Viewing videos of spaces and experiencing environments via virtual reality can influence us, just as actually being in a space does.
A hospital room with the plants is considered more attractive and more calming.
Fostervold and Nersveen investigated the influences of varying the proportions of direct and indirect light in offices on worker experience.
Mayer and his colleagues investigated the psychological ramifications of exposure to nature (either through being in a natural setting or viewing nature videos) and their results are consistent with previous related research.
The U.S. National Park Service is aware and responsive to the sound levels experienced by park visitors.