How Nature-Mimicking Design Helps Us

How Nature-Mimicking Design Helps Us

New research shows that connecting with nature literally rejuvenates our brains. Clearly John Keats was onto something back in 1817 when he wrote, “Oh, ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired/Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea.”

Attention restoration theory (ART) helps explain why our brains find nature so refreshing. Our attention comes in two “flavors”—involuntary (something interesting captures our attention) and voluntary (we focus our attention on completing a task). “Nature, which is filled with intriguing stimuli, modestly grabs attention in a bottom-up fashion, allowing top-down directed-attention abilities a chance to replenish.” [Go to Full Article]