Beautiful Architecture Positively Affects Human Health

By Steve Hansen
Sourceable.net, Feb 4, 2016

Image: Canary Wharf, London. Courtesy of Sourceable.net(Image: Canary Wharf, London. Courtesy of Sourceable.net)

According to researchers at Warwick Business School in Coventry, UK, beautiful architecture has a positive impact on human health.

PhD student Chanuki Seresinhe, associate professor of Behavioural Science and Finance Tobias Preis, and associate professor of Behavioural Science Suzy Moat published their findings in a paper titled Quantifying the Impact of Scenic Environments on Health.

Their methodology involved showing study subjects photos from the web site “Scenic or Not,” a crowdsourced resource of more than 217,000 geotagged photos from across Great Britain. Participants were asked to rate each photo on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating “very scenic,” and 1 indicating “not scenic.”

They then correlated the results with data on self-reported health from the 2011 Census. Read more…

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