The quality of lifelong exposure to certain views and landscapes can improve or deteriorate our mental health and well-being. According to the existing consensus among researchers, the exposure to nature can improve overall health and quality of life, but the availability of this contact with nature in our rapidly urbanizing world is decreasing. Moreover, it has been shown that urbanization is one of the key factors in the growing burden of mental health disease. It is then vital to identify which aspects, types and components of natural environments should be introduced and protected within the city, and what specific effects they have on human mental health and well-being.
We focus on multidisciplinary research to answer important issues such as: identifying specific landscape types that are most beneficial for mental health, investigating the dose-response mechanisms, testing new self-care interventions for healthy individuals as well as pathology-based personalized interventions, and developing VR healthy environments. In this program we focus on clinical trials using rigorous bio physiological markers of mental health and well-being. We seek research funding from international organizations and individuals to conduct and share our research with the community and decision makers.
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