• Abstract

    The impact of nature on youngsters and school children cognitive functioning is a field of research and study that looks at how exposure to natural environments can impact the cognitive abilities and development of youngsters. There has been a recent uptick in curiosity on the ways in which natural settings in educational ones influence the process of learning. This study demonstrates how nature has the ability to lessen cognitive overload, relieve stress and improve general well-being, thereby fostering an environment conducive to effective learning. It does this by using a PRISMA guided systematic approach to evaluate the impact of nature treatments on the cognitive performance of young people. There were found to be 560 different journal papers.  First, the papers were screened based on their titles, which totaled 250 and the remaining articles were evaluated based on their abstracts, which totaled 35. Due to the title-abstract screening technique, 35 publications progressed to the next phase of full-article assessment. After deleting duplicates, ten articles were selected for a comprehensive review. The research investigates the effect of nature exposure on cognitive capabilities in children and emphasizing the potential advantages for children of abilities. It examines whether socioeconomic position influences the connection between nature and cognitive performance, highlighting the significance of access to natural surroundings for people of the socioeconomic backgrounds. The review focuses on nature's potential beneficial effect on cognitive domains and the methods by which nature-based experiences might improve cognitive development in children. The findings of the systematic review propose that cultivating a stronger bond between young individuals and the natural environment in educational contexts can lead to enhanced cognitive abilities. Educational institutions in a prime position can provide nature-infused educational experiences that not only alleviate cognitive strain and stress but also foster overall well-being and facilitate improved learning outcomes.

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Nanda, S., Bagaria, O., Sharma, P., & Jain, K. (2024). A systematic review of the cognitive functioning of natural environments. Multidisciplinary Reviews, 6, 2023ss038. https://doi.org/10.31893/multirev.2023ss038
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