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Stuck in a creative rut? The best way out of it might be to get unplugged and out in the green of nature.

A study in the journal PLOS One  seems to indicate that spending four nature-filled days, away from electronic devices, is linked with 50 percent higher scores on a test for creativity.

Research seems to show a connection between green and psychological functioning, particularly in the area of creativity. In experiments, a brief glimpse of green prior to a creativity task enhanced creative performance. This “green effect” was observed with subjects that did not know the purpose of the experiment. Half  the group was shown a white rectangle instead of the green one and  those who saw green before the test came up with the more interesting, imaginative answers.

What causes the green effect, and why green?  The German researchers believe it may be that green is a signal of growth (both physical and psychological and that it might serve as a cue that evokes the creativity.

Other studies show that taking a hike in nature that was electronics-free and lasted from four to six days also scored higher on a creativity test.

Was it because they were in nature or because we were unplugged from the electronic devices?  Maybe both, but green seems to be the common connection.

I can’t vouch for the research, but I am very willing to give it my own experimentation. The green similar to a pine tree is the shade that was used in the experiment.  Science that tells me to interact with the natural world and get away from this computer screen is good science.

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