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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(9), 2332-2343; doi:10.3390/ijerph6092332
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Biophilia: Does Visual Contact with Nature Impact on Health and Well-Being?

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Received: 22 July 2009 / Accepted: 27 August 2009 / Published: 31 August 2009
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Abstract

It is concluded that an environment devoid of Nature may act as a "discord", i.e., have a negative effect. While the term mismatch is used for any difference between present living conditions and the environment of evolutionary adaptation, discords are mismatches with a potentially undesirable impact on health or quality of life. The problem is partly due to the visual absence of plants, and may be ameliorated by adding elements of Nature, e.g., by creating parks, by offering a view through windows, and by potted plants. The conclusion is based on an evaluation of some fifty relevant empirical studies.
Keywords: biophilia; discord; quality of life; health; evolutionary psychology; plants; indoor environment biophilia; discord; quality of life; health; evolutionary psychology; plants; indoor environment
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Grinde, B.; Patil, G.G. Biophilia: Does Visual Contact with Nature Impact on Health and Well-Being? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2332-2343.

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