25 Feb '16, 12am

Your brain wants to be outside amongst nature. The proof is pretty astonishing. #biophilia

If you’re ever stuck in your office finishing a complex job and beginning to stumble, it might make sense to take a breath of fresh air or go for a brief stroll. Or if you have a green roof or park nearby, just look out the window. But even in a cityscape where clean air and green vistas might not be available, researchers from the University of Melbourne have demonstrated the reinvigorating properites of natural images. In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology , 40-second green roof views sustain attention: The role of micro-breaks in attention restoration , people who took 40 seconds to focus on an image of a green roof had improved performance for attention-oriented tasks. The experiment worked as follows: participants in two groups were given a mindless numbers task that tested for errors. After the first session, each group was given an image to...

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