Neurobiology and Nature

Check out the links between outdoors and the function of the brain and body. Click the links below for more info.

Enjoying Nature

Hiking in nature is not only good for our bodies, it’s good for our moods, our minds, and our relationships, too.

Girl Hiking in Nature

This is an excellent short talk released by National Geographic that explores the emerging neuroscience research on nature connection and how it improves physical and mental health.

By the Lake

We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.

 

As rates of chronic disease among children have skyrocketed over the past few decades, pediatricians have increasingly looked for solutions beyond the clinic. Sometimes that means actually prescribing time outside.

Image by Jeffrey Keenan

The idea isn't new. The 16th century Swiss physician Paracelsus declared that "the art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician."

Image by David Marcu