Neural Responses to Restorative Environments: An Eye Tracking and fMRI Study
To measure the neural responses to restorative environments, the researchers developed and tested an experimental paradigm of psychological restoration suitable for neuroimaging environments. The paradigm includes conditions of psychological stress and environmental restoration. Additionally, they use fMRI coupled with the eye tracking technology to ask whether visual perception differs between scenes that are highly restorative and scenes that are less restorative. The findings support the evidence of several cognitive and emotive physiological indicators related to the stress and restoration condition.