Inducing physiological stress recovery with sounds of nature in a virtual reality forest — Results from a pilot study

@article{Annerstedt2013InducingPS,
  title={Inducing physiological stress recovery with sounds of nature in a virtual reality forest — Results from a pilot study},
  author={Matilda Annerstedt and Peter J{\"o}nsson and Mattias Wallerg{\aa}rd and Gerd Johansson and Bj{\"o}rn Karlson and Patrik Grahn and {\AA}se Marie Hansen and Peter W{\"a}hrborg},
  journal={Physiology \& Behavior},
  year={2013},
  volume={118},
  pages={240-250}
}
Experimental research on stress recovery in natural environments is limited, as is study of the effect of sounds of nature. After inducing stress by means of a virtual stress test, we explored physiological recovery in two different virtual natural environments (with and without exposure to sounds of nature) and in one control condition. Cardiovascular data and saliva cortisol were collected. Repeated ANOVA measurements indicated parasympathetic activation in the group subjected to sounds of… Expand
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