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Transcendental Trees

from The Telegraph

Being around trees makes you less stressed – study

by Adam Boult

People relax behind a Japanese blooming cherry tree at the horticultural exhibition 'ega' in Erfurt, Germany, May 6 2016CREDIT: AP

Viewing trees helps people become less stressed  – and the effect increases the more trees are visible.

new study by researchers at University of Illinois has confirmed the long-held understanding that natural scenery can be a useful tool in helping reduce psychological stress.

The research team, led by Dr Bin Jiang, subjected 158 volunteers to mildly stressful scenarios, including preparing a speech and delivering it to a group of people, after which they were asked to perform a subtraction task in front of judges and a video camera.

After undertaking the stress-inducing activities, the volunteers used a VR headset to view one of a selection of six-minute 360-degree videos featuring urban areas with variable amounts of visible tree canopy coverage.

The participants’ levels of stress were measured by self-reported questionnaire – and the results revealed a positive, linear association between the density of trees and recovery from stress recovery.

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Posted on May 7, 2016 by Editor

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