This Is Your Brain on Nature


When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.
Story by Florence Williams
Photographs by Lucas Foglia

BrainNature01a BrainNature01b… Our brains, he says, aren’t tireless three-pound machines; they’re easily fatigued. When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too. Strayer has demonstrated as much with a group of Outward Bound participants, who performed 50 percent better on creative problem-solving tasks after three days of wilderness backpacking. The three-day effect, he says, is a kind of cleaning of the mental windshield that occurs when we’ve been immersed in nature long enough. …

BrainNature01c BrainNature01dThis Is Your Brain on Nature
more at: nationalgeographic

“At the end of the day, we come out in nature not because the science says it does something to us, but because of how it makes us feel.”

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