Exploring our physical connections: the role of magnetic fields in restorative environments

Stevens, Paul (2009). Exploring our physical connections: the role of magnetic fields in restorative environments. Ecopsychology, 1(2) pp. 85–92.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/eco.2009.0009

Abstract

Despite the often heard mantra that “humans are nature too”, the language found in ecopsychology literature is often that of disconnection, separation, and difference. While acknowledging that the complexities of human psychology often means that we perceive such a disconnection, this article argues that we are inseparably embedded within the physical environment. How this affects us physiologically and psychologically is illustrated by focusing on a specific example: the effects of the magnetic field environment on human psychology and physiology. How such effects might in general play a role in processes of attention restoration and place attachment are discussed with the hope that an increased awareness of physical factors and our embedded nature might generate novel insights for ecologically minded psychologists and therapists.

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