Be in Nature, Concentrate Better
Brief experiences of nature such as walk in a park, garden, taking care of plants or viewing greenery can help people concentrate better according to a study done by User Experience Lab of IIT, Delhi. Human beings are nature lovers and the phenomenon is called biophilia. Exposure to nature calms the mind and prevents distraction. The study focus on observation of nature in lab settings and changes in brain processes of participants who were observed while they watched an audio or video clip on nature. The brain activity was recorded before and after the experiment. The underlying neurocognitive processes of inhibitory control mechanisms in the fronto parietal regions of the brain get enhanced post nature experience. Enhanced alpha in frontal and theta in fronto-central regions of the brain indicating a state of relaxation and internalized attention was found associated with nature experience, according to Pooja Sahni, Research Fellow.