Past research has linked the color green with creativity.
A new study, soon to be published in the journal “PLOS One”, reports that spending 4 nature-filled days away from electronic devices, is linked with 50 percent higher scores on a test for creativity.
Findings further present a rationale for understanding healthy interaction in our world. Burying yourself in front of a computer may have costs that can be remediated by taking a hike in nature,” study researcher David Strayer, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, said in a statement.
This research study included 56 people with an average age of 28. The participants went on electronics-free wilderness hiking trips in Colorado, Maine, Washington and Alaska. Each hiking trip lasted four to six days, and were organized by the Outward Bound expedition school. Creativity tests were taken by 24 of the study participants the morning they started their trip, while 32 of the participants took the test on the fourth day of their trip.
Researchers found that those who took the creativity test later on in the trip got more questions right than those who took the test at the beginning of the trip, before they’d had the chance to be immersed in nature.
The study authors said that they aren’t sure if the improved scores on the test were due to being in nature, or from being unplugged from the electronic devices. My intuition says it may be a combination of both factors and that for school age kids it’s a no-brainer to have access to great outdoor playground equipment set in an inviting green environment.