Study’s Findings Published in Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dr. Hasbach is a co-PI of a study that was published this week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. That study followed inmates in solitary confinement in an Oregon prison for one year. The inmates who viewed nature videos several times a week committed 26 percent fewer violent infractions than those who did not view the videos. Inmates reported feeling calmer, less irritable, and better able to control their behavior. Prison staff corroborated these findings. This research reinforces the value of nature exposure, even vicarious nature exposure, on humans’ health and well-being; and should be considered as a powerful tool by not only corrections administrators, but also by urban planners and policy makers, and other institution designers.
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