Nature does it again! This is a repost of a NYTimes article that discusses how exposure to nature changes the brain. A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Gregory Bratman, a graduate student at the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University and his collaborators, focused on the impact that exposure to nature may have on brooding, or the continuous rumination about negative life aspects, ¨broken-record fretting.¨ Brooding itself has been found to be a precursor to depression.
While there is much more research to be done, findings show that exposure to green leafy expanses, even for short amounts of time, can change brain processes. This may provide a quick treatment for city dwellers, cutting short brooding events that might develop further into depression.
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