Children who play in nature develop an exceptional quality

Surely you have memories of your childhood in a square or park, which at the time was a scene of all kinds of games and fantasies.

Well, it wasn't just that. A study by the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology of Barcelona, ​​published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that green spaces help improve the cognitive abilities of school-age children.

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The research studied the relationship between academic performance and contact with nature in more than 2,000 children from 36 schools in Barcelona, ​​Spain, for one year. They performed tests of abstract thinking, memory and problem solving, among other tests.

“Natural environments, including green areas, give children unique opportunities to venture, take risks, discover and be creative. In addition, they give them mastery and control of themselves, strengthening the sense of self, inspire basic emotional states such as the sense of wonder, and improve psychological restoration, ”says the study.

The researchers concluded that children who live near green areas have greater cognitive abilities compared to peers who did not have access to these sites.

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According to specialists, this could be linked to the physical exercise they do outdoors, but also with the microbes that children undergo in natural environments, which could promote neuronal development. It is also associated with less exposure to environmental pollution, related to neuronal aging and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's.

In addition, contact with nature is linked to the decrease in symptoms and problems of anxiety and stress in children.

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