Nature in Urban and Exurban settings as violence prevention and trauma relief

Presenter: Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Ph.D. Authors: A. Johnson, S. Malec-McKenna Chicago – considered the “Violence Capital of the U.S.” – will see nearly 450 homicides by year’s end. This represents nearly four times the per capita homicides of NY and LA combined. 92% of Chicago’s homicides result from shootings. Additionally, more than 2,000 people are wounded […]

Reward Positivity as a Biomarker for Attention Restoration in Nature 

Presenter: Amy McDonnell We live at a time when policy change is largely influenced by empirical evidence. In order for the wilderness to be protected, we are in dire need of data supporting the positive role of nature on both physical and mental health. Research surrounding the so-called ‘nature effect’ has historically been built upon […]

Green Exercise Improves Fasting Blood Glucose 

Presenter: Teresa Horton Authors: T. Horton and A. Minasov Background and Purpose: Access to nature provides opportunities for physical activity, while promoting health by reducing stress. Therefore, health care providers are encouraged to write nature prescriptions (NRx) instructing people to spend more time in nature. However, evidence that regular exercise in nature provides greater benefits than […]

Nature as a Modulator of the Error-Related Negativity 

Presenter: Sara LoTemplio Authors: LoTemplio, S., Scott, E.E., McDonnell, A.M., Hopman, R.J., McNay, D., Greenberg, K.G., McKinney, T.M., Castro, S.C., Payne, B.R., & Strayer, D.L. According to Kaplan’s Theory of Attention Restoration, spending time in a natural environment can restore depleted cognitive resources, specifically attentional resources, by giving the executive attentional network a chance to […]

Acute Bouts of Exercise in Virtual Nature Uniquely Influences Cognitive Performance

Presenter: Rachel Hopman Authors: R. Hopman, N.E.Logan, C.H. Hillman, and A.F. Kramer Previous research shows a 20-minute bout of moderate intensity aerobic exercise increases allocation of attention and improves cognitive processing for tasks requiring inhibitory control. Likewise, brief exposures to natural environments improve attentional allocation, working memory performance, and cognitive flexibility. Virtual reality technology presents unique […]

Managing Public Lands for Healthy Outcomes through Outdoor Recreation: Multi-state Survey Data from the BLM Outcomes Focused Management Approach

Presenter: Peter J Fix Authors: Bryant Wright1, Peter J Fix1, Rachel Garcia1, Dorothy Morgan2, Kimberly Diamond1, Randy J Virden3, T. Timothy Casey4 Outdoor recreation research is increasingly focusing on the positive health effects of being in nature.  Publicly provided landscapes are often the source of the nature experience. Not to be overlooked is the need […]

Building Healthy Teams: Using Nature-Based Interventions to Improve Workplace Performance and Promote Healthy Work Environments 

Presenter: Paul Atchley Full author list: R.A. Atchley, E.M. Benau, and D. Strayer  There is a growing body of literature that suggests exposure to and immersion in natural environments produces a range of benefits to individuals, from improvements to health to boosts to creativity. The current work examines whether or not natural environments can improve how […]

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