Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo

NeuroLandscape Foundation, Poland

Invited Speech: Neuroscience for Designing Urban Geen Spaces: Contemplative Landscape exposure for mental health

Biography:

President& Co-FOunder of NeuroLandscape Foundation, Warsaw, Poland (www.neurolandscape.org)

PhD in Landscape Architecture and Urban Ecology. She utilized neuropsychophysiology tools to evaluate the relationship between the design of the everyday environment and mental health and well-being of urban residents and people suffering from mental disorders. She introduced and operationalized the concept of Contemplative Landscapes and proposed a tool for designers called a Contemplative Landscape Model. It is a quantitative expert-based scale for assessing and classifying views, based on their mental health benefits through passive observation. She is the President and Co-founder of NeuroLandscape research NGO In her work, she strives to implement scientific research into practical actions to promote mental health in cities.

Abstract:

Urban living is associated with a high prevalence of mental health issues, so new interventions and research approaches toward an evidence-based, healthy urban environment are on the rise.
Exposure to nature within the city and the provision of more access to green spaces seem to be very beneficial and promising solutions for improving many health outcomes in urban populations.
One of the key mechanisms for that seems to be the sensory exposure to natural scenery and elements typical of the natural world which induces calming effects in the brain and nervous system. This presentation will cover the concept of Contemplative Landscapes research, which explored the feature of the urban green scenery that induces a desirable response in the brain of individuals, passively exposed to them in the natural setting. The main finding of the EEG and fNIRS experiment, conducted in Singapore between 2018 and 2021 will be discussed and landscape features contributing to the mental benefits will be briefly introduced.

Abstract

Dr. Agnieszka Olszewska-Guizzo

Urban living is associated with a high prevalence of mental health issues, so new interventions and research approaches toward an evidence-based, healthy urban environment are on the rise.
Exposure to nature within the city and the provision of more access to green spaces seem to be very beneficial and promising solutions for improving many health outcomes in urban populations.
One of the key mechanisms for that seems to be the sensory exposure to natural scenery and elements typical of the natural world which induces calming effects in the brain and nervous system. This presentation will cover the concept of Contemplative Landscapes research, which explored the feature of the urban green scenery that induces a desirable response in the brain of individuals, passively exposed to them in the natural setting. The main finding of the EEG and fNIRS experiment, conducted in Singapore between 2018 and 2021 will be discussed and landscape features contributing to the mental benefits will be briefly introduced.