You know the feeling that washes over you as you listen to the chorus of crickets or the sound of water babbling down a stream? According to a study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the calming feeling has something to do with how nature affects our modern instinct to live in “fight or flight” mode.
The idea that listening to or being around nature producing feelings of relaxation is nothing new. However, recent research is the first to use heart-rate monitors, brain scans, and behavioral experiments to determine why listening to nature produces positive physiological effects. For the study, researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in England recruited 17 healthy adults to receive functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans. Meanwhile, a series of five-minute soundscapes of both manmade and natural environments were played in the background.
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