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Green4brain: Adolescents investigate the restorative effects of school areas (indoor/outdoor) and urban green spaces

Project Leader
Arnberger Arne, Project Leader
Sparkling Science
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
IBO Innenraumanalytik OG, Stutterheimstraße 16-18/2, 1150 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: DI Peter Tappler;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Med Uni Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Hans-Peter Hutter;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Eder Renate, Sub Projectleader
Arnberger Arne, Sub Projectleader
Allex Brigitte, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2021)
Schlagbauer Tamara, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2019)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Funded by
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Stubenring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Everyday school life challenges pupils’ well-being as well as their cognitive skills. They are less able to concentrate, cannot sufficiently absorb the subject matters and are not balanced. The need to restore during school lessons is crucial, but what are the places in the school and living environments, where pupils can restore cognitive performance? The project Green4brain investigates and compares restorative effects of different places in the school and living environments of adolescents. Three Viennese schools work together with researchers from recreation planning, environmental health and environmental engineering.

The project starts with the recording of everyday life of the involved pupils: In a first step, they will survey their own recreational places within the school and the living environment during different seasons with video clips. Afterwards, they analyse and reflect their own recreation behaviour and experiences with these places using concept maps. In a second step, the restorative effects of several places on the wellbeing and the concentrativeness of pupils are measured in a standardised way. Different non-invasive psychological, physical and cognitive methods will be used. The measurements are planned in the school environment and in a public green space in different seasons. A quantitative survey based on an image-based choice model will analyse how public green spaces should be designed to attract people also in the vegetation-free season. Finally, adolescents reflect and synthesise the results of different work packages and develop strategies to improve the restorative quality of their school environment in a future lab.

The project is founded by the Sparkling Science programme.
Nature conservation; Health sciences; Empirical social research; Regional development;
Discrete choice model ; Health competence; Adolescents; Measurement of psycho-physiological health related effects; Public Health; Restorative effects; School areas (indoor/outdoor) and green spaces;

Eder, R., Allex, B., Schlagbauer, T., Hutter,H.-P., Weitensfelder, L., Lemmerer, K., Shahrakisanavi, S., Wallner, P., Schmöger, C., Tappler, P., Arnberger, A. (2019): Inside or outside? Where to take a break to reload batteries during a stressful school day? . [Poster]
[European Forum of Urban Forestry, Urban Forests EFUF 2019 - Full of Energy, Cologne, Germany, 22.05.2019 - 24.05.2019]

In: De Vreese, R., Urban Forests: Full of Energy, p. 48

Eder, R; Allex, B; Arnberger, A; Schlagbauer, T; Hutter, HP, Lemmerer, K; Damm, L; Wallner, P; Tappler, P; Schmöger, C (2018): Green4brain. Jugendliche untersuchen die restorative Wirkung von Schul(frei)räumen im Vergleich zu Grünräumen., 01/2018, 6-7

Eder, R; Allex, B; Schlagbauer, T; Hutter, H-P; Weitensfelder, L; Lemmerer, K; Wallner, P; Tappler, P; Schmöger, C; Arnberger, A (2018): Green for brain? Jugendliche erforschen die Erholungswirkung von Schul(frei)räumen.

Green Care, 3/2018, 10-12; ISSN 2296-4932

Eder, R.; Arnberger, A.; Allex, B.; Schlagbauer, T., Hutter, H-P.; Weitensfelder, L.; Lemmerer, K.; Sanavi, S.; Wallner, P., Damm, L.; Tappler, P.; Schmöger, C. (2018): Green4Brain. Jugendliche untersuchen die restorative Wirkung von Schul(frei)räumen im Vergleich zu Grünräumen - Zwischenbericht.

Finanziert von: Finanziert von: Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung, Sparkling Science Programm, 32

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