How the Natural World Engages Our Brain

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TED – Extra – Beauty & the Brain; podcast – broadcast date: 21 Aug 14

1. How the Natural World Engages Our Brain [Turney Thiess]
– quick ways to focus the brain – Nature as a therapeutic tool
– Nature – speeds healing;
– theory of biophilia
– researched by psychologist – hospital windows that look onto trees promotes healing quicker than brick walls
– 2010 – Humans officially became an urban species
– Americans spend 90% of their time indoors
– we have become separated from landscapes/seascapes we have come from
– part of brain – the right amygdala fires up when seeing animals
[fMRI – measures blood flow in the brain]

How Nature engages the brain – real Nature or artificial Nature?

– Depression – Nature used in its treatment; exposure therapy – vision & sound

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