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Record number 401171
Title Gardening promotes neuroendocrine and affective restoration from stress
Author(s) Berg, A.E. van den; Custers, M.H.G.
Source Journal of Health Psychology 16 (2011)1. - ISSN 1359-1053 - p. 3 - 11.
Department(s) CL - The Human Factor
Cultural Geography
Landscape Centre
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) physical-activity - salivary cortisol - health - exercise - depression - landscapes - preference - exposure - adults - impact
Abstract Stress-relieving effects of gardening were hypothesized and tested in a field experiment. Thirty allotment gardeners performed a stressful Stroop task and were then randomly assigned to 30 minutes of outdoor gardening or indoor reading on their own allotment plot. Salivary cortisol levels and self-reported mood were repeatedly measured. Gardening and reading each led to decreases in cortisol during the recovery period, but decreases were significantly stronger in the gardening group. Positive mood was fully restored after gardening, but further deteriorated during reading. These findings provide the first experimental evidence that gardening can promote relief from acute stress
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