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Article: How to Waste a Break: Using Portable Electronic Devices Substantially Counteracts Attention Enhancement Effects of Green Spaces

TitleHow to Waste a Break: Using Portable Electronic Devices Substantially Counteracts Attention Enhancement Effects of Green Spaces
Authors
Issue Date2018
PublisherSAGE. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=40
Citation
Environment and Behavior, 2018, p. 1-28 How to Cite?
AbstractOveruse of portable electronic devices depletes one’s attention capacity, a critical cognitive resource. Although contact with nature promotes attentional functioning, we do not know the extent to which exposure to nature and the use of electronic devices interact to promote or inhibit attentional functioning. In this study, 81 participants performed cognitive tasks and then were randomly assigned to one of four rest treatments: green settings with or without a laptop computer and barren settings with or without a laptop computer. Attention was measured three times. Analysis showed a significant effect for both setting and use of a laptop as well as a significant interaction between setting and laptop use. A further analysis controlling for time spent focused on the laptop screen produced similar results. The findings show that using an electronic device in green settings substantially counteracts the attention enhancement benefits of green spaces.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/261334

 

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dc.contributor.authorJiang, B-
dc.contributor.authorSchmillen, R-
dc.contributor.authorSullivan, WC-
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-14T08:56:27Z-
dc.date.available2018-09-14T08:56:27Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationEnvironment and Behavior, 2018, p. 1-28-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/261334-
dc.description.abstractOveruse of portable electronic devices depletes one’s attention capacity, a critical cognitive resource. Although contact with nature promotes attentional functioning, we do not know the extent to which exposure to nature and the use of electronic devices interact to promote or inhibit attentional functioning. In this study, 81 participants performed cognitive tasks and then were randomly assigned to one of four rest treatments: green settings with or without a laptop computer and barren settings with or without a laptop computer. Attention was measured three times. Analysis showed a significant effect for both setting and use of a laptop as well as a significant interaction between setting and laptop use. A further analysis controlling for time spent focused on the laptop screen produced similar results. The findings show that using an electronic device in green settings substantially counteracts the attention enhancement benefits of green spaces.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSAGE. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.com/journal.aspx?pid=40-
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironment and Behavior-
dc.titleHow to Waste a Break: Using Portable Electronic Devices Substantially Counteracts Attention Enhancement Effects of Green Spaces-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailJiang, B: jiangbin@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityJiang, B=rp01942-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0013916518788603-
dc.identifier.hkuros289971-
dc.identifier.spage1-
dc.identifier.epage28-

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