Thygesen and colleagues link greater access to green space as a child to lower levels of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). They report that when they reviewed data collected in Denmark for “individuals, who were born in Denmark between 1992 and 2007 . . . and followed for a diagnosis of ADHD from age 5, during the period 1997–2016. . . . Individuals living in areas defined by sparse green vegetation . . . had an increased risk of developing ADHD, compared with individuals living in areas within the highest [levels of green space]. . . .
Conditions and their consequences
Neuroscience research details how design can support positive life experiences for people with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder, long lasting anxiety, neuroticism, depression, and other psychological challenges.
Recently published research investigated links between green areas near schools (specifically within 500 meters of them) and student levels of ADHD.
Design can support positive experiences for people living with ASD, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, neuroticism, depression, and other psychological challenges. Recognizing design-experience links is becoming particularly important as more diverse groups of people live and work together.
Many users of designed spaces and objects have sensory or psychological challenges that complicate their experiences in the physical world. These people might be visually impaired, deaf, depressed, or have ADHD or ASD, for example. Cognitive scientists have learned a great deal about how design can encourage positive life experiences for these individuals.
Data collected via a smartphone app confirms that there are psychological benefits to nearby nature.
Increasing numbers of children and adults are being diagnosed with ADHD. Design can support the cognitive, emotional, and physical wellbeing of these individuals without compromising the experiences of people who don’t have ADHD.
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Psychological challenges, such as autism, ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia complicate the lives of people with these conditions. Design can make it more likely that they achieve their life objectives.