Van den Berg, Prof. Agnes
Agnes van den Berg has been Professor by special appointment of Perception and Evaluation of Nature and Landscape since 2012. She specializes in the perception and evaluation of nature and landscapes. Van den Berg studied Experimental Psychology at the UG and gained a PhD in 1999 for her research on individual differences in the evaluation of rough and cultivated nature. She is now one of the pioneers in the perception of nature and health in the Netherlands.
One of van den Berg's chief research outcomes is that nature is more than just an experience, as it impacts our health. A walk in nature, for example, can help to reduce burnout rates, concentration problems and stress symptoms. Yet people don't need to actually go out into the wild to be healed. Even looking at nature through a window has measurable positive effects, regardless of the landscape that one looks at. Also, nature need not necessarily be green: water, sand and bare trees turn out to be effective as well. In addition, it is important that children between eight and twelve years old come into contact with nature so that they learn to appreciate it, if not now then later in life.
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