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Spring 4-2016

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Stading, T. J., & Stevens, J. R. (2016, April). Nature as a buffer: The physiological effects of exposure to nature on stress. Poster session presented at the UNL Research Fair Undergraduate Student Poster Session, Lincoln, NE.


Copyright © 2016 Tyler J. Stading & Jeffrey R. Stevens

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Exposure to images of nature following a stressful event can reduce physiological measures associated with stress. The objectives of this study was to determine whether exposure to nature before the stressor can buffer the stress response. We varied whether nature or urban images were viewed before or after a stressor and measured galvanic skin response in our participants. We describe how order of presenting the stressor influences nature’s calming effect on physiology.