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​​To Think or Not to Think? In Nature There's No Question...

I recently posted a piece on FBook w/these images in relation to work I'm doing for the Functional Neurological Disorder Forum and several films (Wild Plants & Call of the Forest)​ were related to Nature & ​Forest Therapyapproaches being showcased in Europe.  
Specifically, I've featured a concept called prosody (internal dialogue~self talk) ​and how exposure to Nature influences our mental and emotional frameworks
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Thought it might be appropo to share here as well:

To Think or Not to Think?  In Nature There's No Question...

A recent study (nature experience reduces rumination) shows how a brief nature experience (90-min walk in a natural setting), decreases both self-reported rumination & neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex (sgPFC), whereas a 90-min urban setting walk had no such effects on rumination/neural activity.

This points to deep language roots & its power to affect primitive parts of our brain as other studies have associated the sgPFC w/a self-focused behavioral withdrawal linked to rumination in both depressed & healthy people. 
 
Perhaps it also reveals a pathway by which nature experience may improve mental well-being & suggests accessible natural areas within urban contexts to be a critical resource for health in the urbanizing world.
 
For the non-science minded, it's simple to say it this way: "Nature seems to provide a non-verbal language switch to buffer rumination, a handmaiden of anxiety and depression. . . while elevating our personal, spiritual discourse."

Putting love under the microscope shows, in addition to shaping the brains of infants, "Mother Nature's Love" acts as an actual template for 'bonding' and has far reaching effects on a person's ability to form deeper moral and ethical connections throughout life." 

Additionally, internal-dialogue (self-talk) prosody studies of the rhythm, pitch, tone and volume of human sound intonation clearly indicate emotions are conveyed clearer & faster -- that way -- than with any word-based vocabulary. The brain responds differently when emotions are expressed through vocalizations (sounds such as growls, whispers, laughter or sobbing, where unintelligible or even no words are uttered) as an "older" systems/structures within the brain preferentially process emotion expressed through vocalizations.
In a study to show how human sounds convey emotions clearer and faster than words. . . results show participants brains recognized emotions in unclear statements (non-verbal, inaudible, whispered vocalizations) faster and/or more significantly than the emotions in the clear statements (verbal, understandable, speech).
 
This may support how our brains initially evolved to be able to quickly determine whether certain vocalizations or sounds are threatening, with a secondary development of determining if certain words or speech are threatening.
 
It takes a tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations. This matters not whether the non-verbal sounds are growls of anger, laughter of happiness or cries of sadness. Significantly this research uncovered: we pay more attention when an emotion (such as happiness, sadness or anger) is expressed through vocalizations than we do when the same emotion is verbalized as speech.
 
M.D. Pell, K. Rothermich, P. Liu, S. Paulmann, S. Sethi, S. Rigoulot. Preferential decoding of emotion from human non-linguistic vocalizations versus speech prosody. Biological Psychology, 2015; 111: 14 DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.08.008

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