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Restorative Environments

Restorative environments are settings that foster recovery from some type of psychological, physiological, or emotional stressor and generally improve well-being. Research on patient and non-patient populations has shown that restorative environments can improve the ability to direct attention, reduce stress, improve mood and increase ratings of life, work, and patient care satisfaction. In addition, restorative environments shorten lengths of hospital stays, reduce pain perception and pain medication dosages, and reduce costs for patients and hospitals. Our lab is currently investigating why particular environments are restorative, how to optimize the restorative experience, and how to apply this research to real-world problems.

What factors determine whether an environment is restorative or not? What is the underlying mechanism for restorative environment effects? How can this research be applied to clinical settings?

Researchers Elyssa Twedt, Jon Zadra, Blair Gross

Collaborators Reuben Rainey

Individual differences in restorative experiences; determining the optimal parameters for creating a restorative environment; creating virtual windows for hospital patients receiving chemotherapy treatments


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