Common and distinct brain activity patterns when viewing landscape gardens versus natural landscapes

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Takeaway

  • Brain areas involved in perceptual, cognitive and reward processing are activated by viewing both natural landscapes and landscape gardens, meanwhile landscape gardens elicited higher activity than natural landscapes in areas including the inferior occipital lobe and right fusiform gyrus.

Why this matters

  • Investigating the neural basis of appreciation of natural and artificial landscapes may support understanding of the emotional influence of our surroundings, with potential implications for public health.

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