Aging Naturally: Virtual reality nature vs real-world nature's effects on executive functioning and stress recovery in older adults

Sara Lotemplio, Sharde Johnson, Micaela Rice, Rachel Masters, Sara Ashley Collins, Joshua Hoefecker, Jordan Rivera, Dylan Schreiber, Victoria Interrante, Francisco Ortega, Deana Davalos

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Abstract

Development of Alzheimer's Dementia & other related dementias (ADRD) is characterized by decline in executive functioning (EF), and onset risk of ADRD is increased by stress. Previous work has shown that spending time in nature or virtual reality nature can improve EF and improve stress recovery in younger adults. Yet, little work has examined whether these benefits can extend to older adults. We examine how spending time in either nature or an equivalently designed virtual reality natural environment can affect EF and stress in older adults compared to a lab control condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2024 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2024
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1061-1062
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9798350374490
StatePublished - 2024
Event2024 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2024 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Mar 16 2024Mar 21 2024

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2024 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2024

Conference

Conference2024 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period3/16/243/21/24

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Keywords

  • attention restoration theory
  • forest bathing
  • stress recovery theory
  • Virtual reality nature

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