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KU Professors Win National Forest Service Wilderness Award

Monday, November 14, 2016

Dr. Ruth Ann Atchley and Dr. Paul Atchley, both professors in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas, recently won a 2016 National Forest Service Wilderness Award for a study called “This is Your Brain on Nature.” They collaborated on this project with Dr. David Strayer, a professor at the University of Utah. This group of researchers spent four days backpacking in the wilderness completely disconnect from electronic devices.  The study found that they had an increase in creativity after their time away from computers, phones and internet.  Their work demonstrated that interacting with nature has real measurable benefits to creative problem-solving that hadn’t been previously discovered before.  Congratulations to this group on winning this prestigious award!

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