Have You Heard? Green Environments Make You Mentally Sharper!
High school students’ capacity to pay attention increased 13 percent if they had a green view outside of their classroom window. They also performed better on tests and recovered from stress better if they were in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room, or a room with a view of built space.1
Another study found that glancing at a grassy green roof for only 40 seconds significantly boosts concentration. Students were given a 40-second break midway through a boring task to view a city rooftop scene. Half of the group viewed a flowering meadow ”green” roof while the other half looked out onto a bare concrete roof.
After the break, students who glanced at the greener vista made considerably less errors and demonstrated superior concentration on the second half of the task when compared to those who viewed the concrete roof.2
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- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “A green view through a classroom window can improve students’ performance.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 January 2016. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160122170932.htm
- University of Melbourne. “Glancing at greenery on a city rooftop can markedly boost concentration levels.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 May 2015. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150526093611.htm