How does nature exposure make people healthier?: Evidence for the role of impulsivity and expanded space perception

Meredith A. Repke, Meredith S. Berry, Lucian G. Conway, Alexander Metcalf, Reid M. Hensen, Conor Phelan, Stephen M. Colarelli
2018 PLoS ONE  
Nature exposure has been linked to a plethora of health benefits, but the mechanism for this effect is not well understood. We conducted two studies to test a new model linking the health benefits of nature exposure to reduced impulsivity in decision-making (as measured by delay discounting) via psychologically expanding space perception. In study 1 we collected a nationwide U.S. sample (n = 609) to determine whether nature exposure was predictive of health outcomes and whether impulsive
more » ... er impulsive decision-making mediated the effect.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0202246 pmid:30133499 fatcat:ktnhb7lrz5bp7ke7gwfiuekszq