This session will present research in an emerging area of environmental psychology is showing how direct exposure to nature positively affects social development, physical health, mental well-being, and learning. Patrick Owen will present data demonstrating that students learn as effectively and have more positive attitudes toward learning when instruction takes place in a natural environment. Kathleen Fuegen will describe the effects of natural environments and exercise on measures of affect (emotional state).
RESEARCH PRESENTED BY:
Patrick C. Owen PhD
(Biology Department, University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College)
Kathleen A. Fuegen PhD
(Department of Psychological Science, Northern Kentucky University)