Developing the Evidence for Evidence-Based Design: The Impact of Simulated Nature Views on Stress in a Correctional Setting
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Dec. 05, 2012
ANNOTATION: Results from a study on what would happen if a large photo mural of a nature scene was put on a wall in a jail intake area are reported. Sections of this report are: discussion of the problem/situation; views of nature; measuring stress during booking; whether to study inmates or staff; research design and results; and what the results mean. “Results of the data analysis demonstrated that, after installation of the mural, intake officers’ heart rate was significantly lower at the beginning of the shift; the rate of increase of heart rate was significantly less from the beginning to end of shift; and there was a significant increase in “log power”, indicating inhibition of heart rate. The rate of log power increase is statistically significant and is consistent with lower heart rate and less stress. These data are suggestive of a pattern that is consistent with reduced stress at the end of the day after the exposure to the mural intervention” (p. 4).