Title

A Model of Our Contemplative Nature

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2015

Department

Educational Leadership

Abstract

Nature appears to possess the potential to promote health and well-being. Empirical support for this potential appears to roughly bifurcate along two conceptual lines. Attention restoration theory indicates that exposure to Nature may improve executive functioning via effects on attentional processing. Concomitantly, stress reduction theory posits Nature to confer psychoneuroimmunological advantage through its promotion of a relaxation response. The integration of these two lines of research suggests that a Nature-induced state of contemplation may open a proverbial door to health and healing. Such recognition of the health-positive effects of Nature suggests a conceptual model and may facilitate a new and important element of ecopsychology as a maturing discipline.

Publication Title

Ecopsychology

DOI

10.1089/eco.2015.0014