Cognitive Demands on Brains Fall as Healing Properties of Environments Rise: Evidence from fMRI


Abstract of a scientific study on healing vs. non-healing environments. The experiment used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to record brain activity while participants visualized different environments. The technology measures changes in oxygen-rich vs. oxygen-poor blood in the brain to determine which areas are being activated. In this experiment, activated regions included the visual cortex, which processes visual information, and the supplementary motor area, which is involved with controlling movement. The left prefrontal cortex, which is involved with certain functions of language, memory, and emotion, was also important.