Your brain on plants: why gardens are good for you



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While stuck at home during this pandemic, we’ve found plants and gardening to be an unexpected source of relief. What exactly is going on in our brains when we spend time in the company of plants? We look into the science behind how plants can reduce stress and anxiety and help us feel connected to the outside world.

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“Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2015. https://www.pnas.org/content/112/28/8567

“Human Physiological Benefits of Viewing Nature: EEG Responses to Exact and Statistical Fractal Patterns.” Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences. 2015. https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.uoregon.edu/dist/e/12535/files/2015/12/art1901-1LITE-13psjqc.pdf

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