emotional city thoughts

Read my thoughts?

Until recently, we have all been safe in the knowledge that our thoughts stay in our heads. Well, things have changed, and if you wear a mobile electroencephalograph (EEG), scientists can now access your emotional state.

Aspinall, Mavros, Coyne, and Roe (2013), interested in the relationship between the environment, behaviour, settings and emotions, investigated the emotions a group of walkers experienced on three different walks in Edinburgh (UK):

  • An urban shopping street;
  • A pathway through green space;
  • A street in busy commercial district.

Attention Restoration Theory posits that happiness or the presence of positive emotional mind-sets, broadens an individual’s thought-action repertoire with positive benefits to physical and intellectual activities, and social and physiological resources. It suggests that green spaces and ‘soft fascination’, e.g. looking at clouds and waves, support emotional recovery from stress.

Which is exactly what the results of the research showed.  Here is evidence that we should be promoting green spaces as a mood enhancing environment  for walking or other forms of physical or reflective activity.

Wendy de Silva

Wendy is an architect and the IBI Healthcare+ Mental Health Lead in the UK. She has worked with clients who are at the forefront of best practice in the delivery of mental health services and is passionate about service improvements. Projects in Wendy’s portfolio have been recognised with awards for innovation and for providing best in class mental health facilities. Based in London, she enjoys collaborating with clients and artists to push at the boundaries of what is possible. Currently she is exploring the links between architecture and sound, and people powered movements in health.

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