Being Human

Episode 48

#48 Creativity in the Wild - with Professor Ruth Ann Atchley

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This week on Being Human, I interview Professor Ruth Ann Atchley from the University of South Florida. Ruth Ann is the author of the much-cited paper "Creativity in the Wild":

- the first scientific study to find a link between creativity and exposure to nature,
- discovering a 50% increase in creative reasoning after four days of hiking and no tech.

We also explore:

- The importance of "softly fascinating" stimuli to replenish our attentional resources
- The imperative to get away from the 'hijacking' effect of modern tech
- Why it's not just about being in nature


Creativity in the Wild -
Cowboys and Cawe Dwellers -
The Restorative Benefits of Nature -
Directed Attention as a Common Resource for Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation -
The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting with Nature -
Stress recovery during exposure to natural and urban environments -

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