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At home with nature: effects of "greenness" on children's cognitive functioningAuthor(s): Nancy M. Wells
Source: Environment and Behavior 32(6):775-795
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionThe nearby natural environment plays a far more significant role in the well-being of children residing in poor urban environments than has previously been recognized. Using a premove/postmove longitudinal design, this research rules out the effects of various extraneous variables that have plagued previous studies and explores the linkage between the naturalness or restorativeness of the home environment and the cognitive functioning of low-income urban children. Both before and after relocation, objective measures of naturalness are employed along with a standardized instrument measuring the children?s cognitive functioning. Results indicate that children whose homes improved the most in terms of greenness following relocation also tended to have the highest levels of cognitive functioning following the move. The implications with respect to policy and design are also discussed.
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CitationWells, Nancy M. 2000. At home with nature: effects of "greenness" on children''s cognitive functioning. Environment and Behavior 32(6):775-795
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