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Engaging the Senses: The Association of Urban Green Space with General Health and Well-Being in Urban Residents

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Department of Environment, University of the Aegean, 81100 Mytilene, Greece
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University Research Institute of Maternal and Child Health and Precision Medicine, and UNESCO Chair on Adolescent Health Care, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital, 8 Livadias St., 11527 Athens, Greece
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Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7322; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137322
Received: 26 May 2021 / Revised: 21 June 2021 / Accepted: 23 June 2021 / Published: 30 June 2021
This study evaluated the short-term responses of physiological and psychological indices and examined the human senses that are mostly engaged during a green space and urban exposure in residents of Athens, Greece. The forest had beneficial effects for human physiology, anxiety and mood states and was also associated with all five senses and positive reactions, while the opposite was observed in the urban center. The difference of pre- and post-green space exposure salivary cortisol was correlated with the participants’ environmental profile and body mass index. Green spaces can alleviate stress and improve overall mood, while helping individuals experience their surroundings with all five senses. View Full-Text
Keywords: greenspaces; mental health; blood pressure; salivary cortisol; Profile of Mood States greenspaces; mental health; blood pressure; salivary cortisol; Profile of Mood States
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Kanelli, A.A.; Dimitrakopoulos, P.G.; Fyllas, N.M.; Chrousos, G.P.; Kalantzi, O.-I. Engaging the Senses: The Association of Urban Green Space with General Health and Well-Being in Urban Residents. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7322. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137322

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Kanelli AA, Dimitrakopoulos PG, Fyllas NM, Chrousos GP, Kalantzi O-I. Engaging the Senses: The Association of Urban Green Space with General Health and Well-Being in Urban Residents. Sustainability. 2021; 13(13):7322. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137322

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Kanelli, Argyro A., Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Nikolaos M. Fyllas, George P. Chrousos, and Olga-Ioanna Kalantzi. 2021. "Engaging the Senses: The Association of Urban Green Space with General Health and Well-Being in Urban Residents" Sustainability 13, no. 13: 7322. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13137322

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