It turns out that living around green spaces has positive effects on children’s developing brains.

This is according to a study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

A previous study linked green spaces around schools with enhanced cognitive development in children between seven and 10 years of age.

Researchers expanded on this by evaluating the impact of green spaces where children live.

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Go green for better concentration

Based on a study of 1 500 children, children with more greenery around their homes preformed better in attention tests.

Jordi Sunyer, study coordinator and head of the Child Health Programme at ISGlobal, points out that “the possibility that exposure to different types of vegetation might have different impacts on neurodevelopment remains an open question.”

Therefore, he suggests more studies be done in settings with different climates and vegetation.

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“Green spaces in cities promote social connections and physical activity and reduce exposure to air pollution and noise, and are therefore essential for the development of the future generations’ brains,” adds Sunyer.

So, if you want to raise smart kids, start a garden.

Source: Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) via 

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