Effects of a Simulated Nature View on Cognitive and Psycho‐physiological Responses of Correctional Officers
Effects of a Simulated Nature View on Cognitive and Psycho‐physiological Responses of Correctional Officers in a Jail Intake Area
This research project grew out of an exploration of the potential for applications of neuroscience concepts and methods to help develop a better understanding of the ways correctional environments affect inmates and staff.
This study focused on the impact of visual features (color/nature) on stress in an intake/booking center at the Sonoma County Jail. This was done by measuring heart rate variability in booking area staff pre‐ and post‐ providing the staff with views of nature. Data are suggestive of a pattern that is consistent with reduced stress at the end of the day after exposure to the mural intervention.