A recent study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has found that when students are able to look outside, viewing nature can help improve test scores.
The researchers found that when students had a view of green space from the classroom windows, they performed better on tests that require focus than in they had views of landscapes or no windows at all.
“It’s a significant finding, that if you have a green view outside your window, you’ll do better on tests,” said Dongying Li, a a UIUC doctoral student involved in the research.
The study will be published in the April 2016 issue of Landscape and Urban Planning, and is currently available online.
The researchers went to five high schools and administered several tests, including a speech, a mental math exercise, and a proofreading exercise. Students were divided into three rooms with different views – green landscape, built landscapes, and one with no windows. Performance was measured before and after a 10 minute break.