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House Plants Make You Smarter

Posted by Charles Fischer on March 27, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Here's an article that indicates that house plants could actually make you smarter. As the article put it:

In a study to be published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers show that the mere presence of plants in an office setting boosts one’s ability to maintain attention.

According to the idea, there is "directed attention", which is effortful, controlled and directed and "undirected attention", which is effortless, and gives the first type of attention time to rest.

I was very interested in the two types of attention in the article for many reasons. I have often wondered what makes a trip to a museum so exhausting. Two hours in a gallery, and I am usually spent and in desperate need of a cup of coffee. This idea of directed attention suddenly makes a great deal of sense, since a museum demands continuous directed attention. 

In the school setting, this is perhaps yet another reason that children should have recess or at least recess-like activities that give their directed attention time to rest. 

Categories: Articles, Naturalist, Critical & Creative Thinking

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