What makes your heart beat at the park? Urban species richness, heart rate variability and mood

Simone Farris

Can urban biodiversity help us with our mental health? This research project will focus on the positive effects which urban biodiversity may generate on citizens’ psychophysiological wellbeing.

Through experimentally controlling biodiversity levels while monitoring mood and heart rate variability, I aim to better understand the processes produced by the brain-body interactions when we spend time in urban green spaces. However, alongside this I will also pay attention to social aspects. Social aspects include: preferences and perceptions about nature and nature connectedness and how these may act as moderators in the biodiversity/wellbeing relationship.

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Dr Ross Cameron

Department of Landscape Architecture