Depressed/Anxious Adults

Depression and Nature Views (04-07-21)

Evidence continues to grow indicating that people who are depressed have different visual experiences than those who are not. Meuwese found that when “After viewing a stressful video, participants were randomly allocated to one of two conditions, in which they watched a video of a walk in either (1) natural, or (2) built surroundings. . . . In both experiments, participants with more (rather than less) depressive symptoms displayed more stress reduction after viewing nature rather than built settings. . . . People with more depressive symptoms benefited more from viewing nature. . .

Designing for People with Sensory or Psychological Challenges

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. 
 

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