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An App A Day Could Chase Blues Away

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 An App A Day Could Chase Blues Away

Date posted: 3 May 2013

A new mobile phone app developed and launched by University of Derby Psychologists aims to help people connect with nature, and boost their wellbeing.

The free 'Finding Nature' app, which is now available for Android devices, has been developed by the University's Psychologists and its Institute for Learning Enhancement and Innovation based on research which has shown that making a note of three good things that happen to you throughout the day for a number of days can have a significant effect on your wellbeing.

Dr Miles Richardson said: "We know that developing a closer connection to nature is great for our wellbeing and creativity. The restorative benefits of nature have also been shown to be greater than those from other leisure activities, such as sport or entertainment.

"This app offers people a new way to connect with the natural world and to discover whether their observations of natural events have a beneficial effect on their wellbeing.

"After downloading the free app all you have to do is take a photo of something you see, or write a sentence about something you have noticed in nature, three times a day for five days."

The app is also a research tool and, for those users that allow the psychologists to access their data, the results of the intervention will be investigated to measure its effects.

"When you start using the app you'll be given a simple test to measure how connected you feel to the natural world around you," added Miles. "At the end of the five days you'll see whether your score has improved and if the simple act of noting things that you have seen in the natural world has had a positive impact on how you feel."

For more information on the Finding Nature app and the project visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSXcsBpXzuk

or to download the app, search 'Finding Nature' in the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.derby.findingnature

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