14 MONITOR ON PSYCHOLOGY • MARCH 2014
n Green space in towns and cities may
improve residents’ mental health, finds
research conducted at the University
of Exeter. Scientists followed more
than 1,000 subjects over five years.
Half of the group moved to urban
areas with more parks and gardens,
while the other half relocated to less
green urban areas. After adjusting for
income, employment, education and
personality, the study showed that, on
average, people who moved to greener
areas experienced an immediate
improvement in mental health that
was sustained for at least three years.
People who moved to areas with fewer
parks and gardens suffered a drop in
mental health (Environmental Science &
Technology, online Dec. 9).
n Racism may accelerate aging in
black men, according to a study led by
University of Maryland researchers.
Investigators asked 92 black men age
30 to 50 about their experiences of
discrimination in different domains,
including work and housing, as well
as in getting service at stores and
restaurants, from the police and in other
public settings. They also measured
internalized racial bias using a test that
gauges unconscious attitudes and beliefs
about racial groups. Even after adjusting
for participants’ age, socioeconomic
factors and health-related characteristics,
the researchers found that the
combination of experiences of high
racial discrimination and internalized
anti-black bias was associated with the
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People who moved to greener areas experienced an immediate improvement in mental health, a study finds.