Green Space Can Boost Short Term Memory Development in Children
Research has shown that higher amounts of vegetation nearby can boost short term memory development and reduce inattentiveness in primary school children. The study, undertaken in Barcelona, tested 2,593 children at 36 different primary schools every three months for a year.
It found that for each degree of increase in surrounding vegetation (measured using satellite imaging) led to a 5% improvement in the development of short term memory in children aged between seven and ten, a period when the brain is rapidly developing.
Although the study did not directly test the impacts of green space nearby, analysis suggests that reduced traffic pollution, as well as the psychological benefits of having greenery nearby account for some of the trend.
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Posted on 5th September 2017