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Can Artificial Nature Be Good for Our Health? Comparing short, single-doses of nature exposure in virtual reality with outdoors

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School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada St, Room 2015
Nov 15, 2018   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Matthew H E M Browning, Assistant Professor, Dept of Recreation, Sport and Tourism
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Low-cost mobile virtual reality systems are promising ways to provide restorative nature-based experiences to more people. Despite a growing body of literature showing these systems promote human health and wellbeing, little is known about how their effects compare with “real” outdoor exposure to nature in terms of both mood (positive and negative affect) and restorativeness. In this presentation, Dr. Browning provides evidence that virtual reality may be a suitable substitute for outdoor nature exposure when safe and convenient access to natural areas is not possible.

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