Creativity can be improved by spending time with Nature

Spending time with nature would increase your creativity (Credit: have found that spending time with nature while we are away from the technological instruments could help us to increase our creativity.

This research has been done by psychologists from the University of Utah and University of Kansas and published online in the journal PLoS ONE.

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” (Edward de bono)

Researchers have found that the people including 30 men and 26 women with an average age of 28 years got 50% higher scores in creativity test after spending four days in nature while going on a hiking trip arranged by the Outward Bound expedition school in Alaska, Colorado, Maine and Washington state.

“This is a way of showing that interacting with nature has real, measurable benefits to creative problem-solving that really hadn’t been formally demonstrated before,” David Strayer, a co-author of the study and professor of psychology at the University of Utah, said in a statement.

“It provides a rationale for trying to understand what is a healthy way to interact in the world, and that burying yourself in front of a computer 24/7 may have costs that can be remediated by taking a hike in nature.”

This research clearly shows that if you want to be creative person then go to vacations for some time and spend time with nature.

“Writers for centuries have talked about why interacting with nature is important, and lots of people go on vacations,” Strayer said. “But I don’t think we know very well what the benefits are from a scientific perspective.”

“Our modern society is filled with sudden events (sirens, horns, ringing phones, alarms, television, etc.) that hijack attention,” the psychologists wrote. “By contrast, natural environments are associated with gentle, soft fascination, allowing the executive attentional system to replenish.”


Atchley, R., Strayer, D., & Atchley, P. (2012). Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings PLoS ONE, 7 (12) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051474

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  • Callum Hackett

    The research in question is actually thoroughly unconvincing. The ‘creativity test’ in question was nothing more than a ten-question word association test – and we’re supposed to concluded that because one group averaged 6 while the other averaged 4 that we can significantly boost creative thought by going for a hike? It’s madness.