Theories Behind Nature's Magic

Theories Behind Nature's Magic

In this video, Ellen shares some of the leading biological, psychological, and anthropological theories behind nature’s power to make us smarter, happier, and more creative.
Overview

This video explains theories of nature that help to relieve and prevent stress. These include Prospect Refuge Theory, which explains how we psychologically feel safer in verdant areas; Smart Senses Theory, which suggests that our primary senses are attuned to natural forms; and Attention Restoration Theory, which says that natural settings help to restore our focus and attention by eliciting fascination.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how nature helps to relieve and prevent stress

  • What is Prospect Refuge Theory?

  • What is Smart Senses Theory?

  • What is Attention Restoration Theory?

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Ellen Miles

Ellen Miles

Ellen Miles is the founder of Nature is a Human Right: the campaign for the United Nations to recognise daily contact with green space as a human right. She is also the founder and director of Dream Green, a social enterprise empowering communities to "green" in their neighbourhoods.

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