Woo and colleagues studied the cognitive implications of nighttime scenting; it is possible that their findings are useful in other contexts. The investigators report that “Male and female older adults . . . age 60–85, were enrolled in the study and randomly assigned to an Olfactory Enriched or Control group. Individuals in the enriched group were exposed to 7 different odorants a week, one per night, for 2 h, using an odorant diffuser. Individuals in the control group had the same experience with de minimis amounts of odorant.
Age - For example: Gen X, Gen Y, Baby Boomers
Layouts in stars? Grids?
Landscapes affect brain development
Brightening up young minds
Via a literature review, Din and colleagues probed best practices for designing healing gardens to be used by children. The team learned that “Successful design elements include:
Acting like short adults
The Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People: Processes, Practices and Policies for Youth Inclusion
Positive public place projects for child users (and everyone else)
Mygind and colleagues evaluated the ramifications of growing up in green neighborhoods. They determined via data collected for 5-to 12-year olds that “Vegetation cover around the home might support the formation of social skills through higher order reasoning about emotion experience and cause and effect as it relates to other people.”
Liu and team’s research indicates that age does not seem to affect mental refreshment via virtual reality experiences. The investigators found using a literature review that “natural landscapes displayed through virtual reality positively influence the emotions of older adults[ over 60 years old]. Simple scenes such as waterscapes and plants were more applicable virtual interventions for older adults compared with complex scenes.”
Wang and Leung studied the indoor visual environments (IVE) in residential care homes (RDCHs). They learned that “The IVE, including opening design, interior design, and lighting conditions components, should be designed to satisfy older people's special visual needs. Hence, this study aims to investigate the effects of older people's subjective perceptions of the IVE on their visual-related physical health. In total, 197 questionnaires were collected from older persons living in RCHs. . . .