Drumheller Fountain on the University
of Washington campus, was a focal point
of the study.
By Kyung M. Song
The Seattle Times (MCT)
SEATTLE — In a study that reaffirms the restorative powers of nature, researchers at the University of Washington report that for stress relief, looking outside trumps toiling away in a windowless room or viewing a digital version of that outdoor scene.
Researchers found that plasma screens displaying an outdoor scene were about as effective as a blank wall in reducing test subjects' tension, as measured by a drop in heart rates.
The study appears in the June issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology.