New research which is to be published in the journal PLOS One, shows that spending four nature-filled days, away from electronic devices, is linked with 50 percent higher scores on a test for creativity.
It is interesting as it supports the findings of my recently finished Master Thesis; Nature & Creativity – how and why nature enhances creativity.
The study was led by study researcher David Strayer, a psychology professor at the University of Utah. 56 people with an average age of 28 years participated in the study. They all spend 4-6 days walking in the wilderness of Colorado, Maine, Washington and Alaska. A creativity test was performed by 24 of the participants before they started the hike while 36 of the people took the same creativity test after four days of walking in nature. The participants who had been walking for four days scored much higher on the creativity test than the ones who took it before the hike began.
The researchers don’t know if it is nature or the fact that people were away from their normal daily routines which made the positive difference, however, they mention that another study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, showed that seeing the color green before being given a creative prompt yielded more imaginative answers than seeing the color white before the prompt.
The photo is taken near the boarding school Herlufsholm, Næsteved, Denmark. Photo by Trine Plambech