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Landscaping for Roadways and Health
An argument for a more interesting landscape, even along freeways : "Roger Ulrich and his colleagues at Texas A&M University found, for example, that commuters driving along scenic roads recovered more quickly from stressful driving conditions than those who commuted along highways full of billboards, buildings, and parking lots. Beyond that immediate benefit, Ulrich discovered something he termed an "inoculation" effect: Drivers who had taken the scenic route responded more calmly to stressful situations later on." (from an article by Deb Aronson)
Dr. Roger Ulrich is an environmental psychologist who conducts research on the effects of people's experiences with environments on psychological well-being, physiological systems, and health outcomes. Most of his work has been in two broad areas-healthcare facility design research, and human interactions with nature.
He has researched, for instance, the effects of hospital window views on recovery from surgery, the influences of visual stimulation on patients in intensive care units and psychiatric wards, and has performed several studies comparing the effects of different types of visual surroundings on stress and physiological well-being. His research is perhaps the first to scientifically document the health-related benefits for hospital patients of viewing nature.
He has also developed a Theory of Supportive Design that has become influential as a scientifically-grounded yet "designer friendly" guide for creating successful healthcare facilities.
Dr. Roger S. Ulrich: http://archone.tamu.edu/LAUP/faculty/ulrich/intro.html
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