Greener neighborhoods may be good for children's brains

green neighborhood
Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Children living in urban greener neighborhoods may have better spatial working memory, according to a British Journal of Educational Psychology study. Spatial working memory is responsible for recording information about one's environment and spatial orientation, and it is strongly inter-related with attentional control.

In the study of 4758 11-year-olds living in urban areas in England, lower quantity of neighborhood greenspace was related to poorer spatial working memory, and this relationship held in both deprived and non-deprived neighborhoods.

"Our findings suggest a positive role of greenspace in . Spatial working memory is an important cognitive ability that is strongly related with in children, particularly mathematics performance," said corresponding author Dr. Eirini Flouri, of University College London. "If the association we established between neighborhood greenspace and children's spatial working memory is causal, then our findings can be used to inform decisions about both education and urban planning."


Explore further

Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development

More information: Eirini Flouri et al, The role of neighbourhood greenspace in children's spatial working memory, British Journal of Educational Psychology (2018). DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12243
Provided by Wiley
Citation: Greener neighborhoods may be good for children's brains (2018, September 6) retrieved 24 August 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-09-greener-neighborhoods-good-children-brains.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
8 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more