Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Color green can improve concentration
For these "breaks," they found glancing at a grassy green roof scene restored concentration more effectively than looking at a ratty concrete roof.
They found 150 students carrying out a boring task (watching a screen while numbers flashed on and for each number, pressing the key for it--unless it was a 3).
They got a 40-sec break where they could look at a rooftop scene.
View of the grassy roof led to fewer mistakes and resulted in better concentration to complete the task.
Basically, people like nature--they look out windows at it.
They have even tracked people for five years after they moved to a greener place--not only did the move improve mental health, but the benefit lasted long after the move.
One of my favorite factoids is that diamond cutters keep an emerald on a stand near them and gaze into it--to restore concentration.
Green is just a brain color.