Nature Nurtures Creativity

December 2012

Backpackers scored 50 percent better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature disconnected from electronic devices, according to a study by psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas.

© Lorenzo Ravagli

The study by Strayer and University of Kansas psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and Paul Atchley involved 56 people – 30 men and 26 women – with an average age of 28. They participated in four- to six-day wilderness hiking trips organized by the Outward Bound expedition school in Alaska, Colorado, Maine and Washington state. No electronic devices were allowed on the trips.

Of the 56 study subjects, 24 took a 10-item creativity test the morning before they began their backpacking trip, and 32 took the test on the morning of the trip's fourth day.

The results: people who had been backpacking four days got an average of 6.08 of the 10 questions correct, compared with an average score of 4.14 for people who had not yet begun a backpacking trip.

"We show that four days of immersion in nature, and the corresponding disconnection from multimedia and technology, increases performance on a creativity, problem-solving task by a full 50 percent," the researchers conclude.

Read more at ScienceDaily

All news in this category

Waldorf education in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

The Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship (SWSF) was founded 1953 with 7 members: Elmfield (Stourbridge), Michael Hall (Forest Row), Michael House... [more]

A look toward Agri-Culture of the Future

Demeter International Members’ Assembly held in Finland adopts mission paper. [more]

The deeper causes of migration

Management consultant Udo Herrmannstorfer argues that the causes of the refugee flows are not only connected with the life-threatening situations in... [more]

The challenge of Waldorf

Being a Waldorf teacher is a challenge which means that Waldorf education in China has found it difficult to retain teachers. Two courses run by... [more]

Selling out education: the mass academisation of England’s schools

Plans of the British government to force schools out of local authority control to become independent academies have proved controversial. It could... [more]

When friends fall out: German organic pioneers fight over Alnatura brand rights

The founders of the dm pharmacy chain and the organic business Alnatura are facing one another across court in a dispute about brand rights. But what... [more]

Waldorf education in Slovenia

Waldorf education in Slovenia has now a tradition of 24 years and is very well accepted in society, has a good reputation, good working conditions... [more]

'The history of the world is the judgement of the world'

The international Waldorf movement, with its Middle European roots and traditions, has spread to every culture and religion in the world. What is an... [more]

Graduate College for Waldorf Education - Scholarships

The Graduate College for Waldorf Education at Alanus University supports research, the promotion of doctoral students, the advancement of academic... [more]

Teaching the Whole Child: Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement

Waldorf schools take an unconventionally nurturing approach to learning, making them a unique approach to education. Initially, some viewed the... [more]

Displaying results 41 to 50 out of 128

< Previous

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Next >

Follow