The effects of views of nature on autonomic control

@article{Gladwell2012TheEO,
  title={The effects of views of nature on autonomic control},
  author={V. F. Gladwell and D. K. Brown and J Barton and M. P. Tarvainen and Pekka Kuoppa and Jules Pretty and J M Suddaby and G. R. H. Sandercock},
  journal={European Journal of Applied Physiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={112},
  pages={3379-3386}
}
Previously studies have shown that nature improves mood and self-esteem and reduces blood pressure. Walking within a natural environment has been suggested to alter autonomic nervous system control, but the mechanisms are not fully understood. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a non-invasive method of assessing autonomic control and can give an insight into vagal modulation. Our hypothesis was that viewing nature alone within a controlled laboratory environment would induce higher levels of HRV… CONTINUE READING

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