Participants in a study at the University of Michigan memorised number sequences and recited them backward before and after walking for nearly an hour in either a large leafy park or on city streets.
A week later, they repeated the experiment but did the other type of walk. Amazingly, the subjects’ ability to perform the number task improved—by about 20%—only after their time in the park.
Computerised attention tests interspersed with ten minutes of viewing urban or countryside photos showed similar results. Because nature scenes don’t require focused attention, they allow the brain to “recharge the batteries, so to speak,” says the research.
Just another reason to get the kids outside too : )