We predict mental states using eye movements.
The relationship between greenspace and health
Brain networks, self-control and depression
The Environmental Neuroscience Lab at the University of Chicago
is interested in how the physical environment affects the brain and behavior. Some of the findings from the ENL include showing that brief interactions with natural environments (such as a walk in a park) can improve memory and attention by 20%. In addition, we have shown that more efficient brain networks are linked to enhanced self-control throughout the lifespan and have examined global brain network connectivity as it relates to depression and breast cancer. We are continuing to advance this work by uncovering the physical low-level features of nature (such as color and spatial properties) that lead to these improvements as well as other manipulations that may make the brain more efficient and also alter functional connectivity patterns as they relate to diseased states. With a better understanding and quantification of the relationships between the brain and the environment, we hope that our research will influence the designing of physical environments in ways that will optimize human mental health, physical health, and overall well-being.
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the department of psychology at UChicago: “Study finds street activity and greenspace usage are negatively associated with crime”
Equitable access to greenspace should be viewed as a necessity for sustainable and inclusive cities, said Kathryn Schertz, a fourth-year doctoral student at ENL, during an interview with the department of psychology at the University of Chicago. In her recent research...
Building more city green space has become increasingly important during the pandemic due to its health benefits, said Dr. Marc Berman, director of Environmental Neuroscience Lab, during an interview with the University of Chicago News. More green space is related to...
Couple of recent published works in the lab were cited in the 2021 Winter volume of Dana Foundation Cerebrum magaznine. The cited works center around the affective, cognitive, and social benefits of interacting with nature, which emphasize the allocation of greenspace...