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Inducing physiological stress recovery with sounds of nature in a virtual reality forest: results from a pilot study
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden.
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Humanvetenskap. Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2921-3945
Lund University.
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2013 (English)In: Physiology and Behavior, ISSN 0031-9384, E-ISSN 1873-507X, Vol. 118, 240-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Experimental research on stress recovery in natural environments is limited, as is study of the effect of sounds of nature. After inducing stress by means of a virtual stress test, we explored physiological recovery in two different virtual natural environments (with and without exposure to sounds of nature) and in one control condition. Cardiovascular data and saliva cortisol were collected. Repeated ANOVA measurements indicated parasympathetic activation in the group subjected to sounds of nature in a virtual natural environment, suggesting enhanced stress recovery may occur in such surroundings. The group that recovered in virtual nature without sound and the control group displayed no particular autonomic activation or deactivation. The results demonstrate a potential mechanistic link between nature, the sounds of nature, and stress recovery, and suggest the potential importance of virtual reality as a tool in this research field.

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2013. Vol. 118, 240-50 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-14285DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.05.023PubMedID: 23688947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-14285DiVA: diva2:843374
Available from: 2015-07-28 Created: 2015-07-28 Last updated: 2015-10-14Bibliographically approved

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