Study: Spending time in nature helps creativity

SALT LAKE CITY — A new study finds that people are more creative when they leave electronics at home and spend time in the outdoors.

The study from the University of Utah and University of Kansas found that backpackers scored 50 percent better on a creativity test after being in nature for four days, disconnected from their electronic devices.

Study co-author David Strayer of the University of Utah said the study is important because it proves that interacting with nature has measurable benefits.

The study focused on 56 people who went on multi-day hiking trips with the Outward Bound expedition school in Alaska, Maine, Colorado and Washington.

The participants were not allowed to bring electronic devices. The average age of participants was 28.


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