Responding to Nature: Natural Environments Improve Parent-Child Communication

Thea Cameron-Faulkner, Joanna Melville, Merideth Gattis

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Numerous studies have demonstrated that natural environments have a
profound effect on a range of human behaviours and states, but most of those
studies have examined how natural environments affect individuals rather than
interactions. We examined whether natural environments affect communication
between parents and their 3- to 4-year-old children. Using a novel experimental
design, we show that parent-child communication is more responsive and
connected in a natural environment compared to an indoor environment. This
study is the first to demonstrate that human communication is influenced by
natural environments. Natural settings may constitute optimal environments for
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Environmental Psychology
Early online date23 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


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