Walk in park boosts memory

Indo Asian News Service:

A walk in the park benefits people suffering from depression, say researchers on the basis of new evidence.

Marc Berman, post-doctoral fellow at Baycrest‘s Rotman Research Institute, working with Michigan and Stanford Universities, said: “Our study showed that participants with clinical depression demonstrated improved memory performance after a walk in nature, compared to a walk in a busy urban environment.”

Berman, however, cautioned that such walks are not a replacement for existing and well-validated treatments for clinical depression, such as psychotherapy and drug treatment, the Journal of Affective Disorders reports.

Berman’s research is part of a cognitive science field known as Attention Restoration Theory (ART) which proposes that people concentrate better after spending time in nature or looking at scenes of nature, according to Baycrest statement.

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