Baker Stuart’s Insight: Conversations may be more productive if they are had outdoors, research from the University of Manchester and Cardiff University shows. Their findings have potential parallels in workplaces, offering more evidence that getting out of the office, and into nature, can bring benefits. As the researchers write: “our research demonstrates that natural environments can significantly enhance social interactions.”
Conversations are more responsive in natural environments such as parks and gardens than indoors, finds new research by the University of Manchester and Cardiff University. The researchers recorded conversations between three- and four-year-old children and their parents while they explored a city park and the park’s indoor education centre and found that the conversations in the park were more responsive and connected compared to those recorded indoors. The study ‘ Responding to nature: Natural environments improve parent-child communication ’ is published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.
Dr Thea Cameron-Faulkner, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester, and one of the study authors, said: “Our research demonstrates that natural environments can significantly enhance social interactions, in this case improving the quality of parent-child conversations.”
Professor Merideth Gattis, one of the study authors, from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, added: “One of the most challenging aspects of conversations is listening […]