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Children Don’t Like Nature as Much as Adults, UChicago Study Finds

“We hypothesized that the kids would prefer nature because adults overwhelmingly do,” said Kim Lewis Meidenbauer, a UChicago doctoral student and the study’s lead author, in a statement. “We were incredibly surprised to find evidence to the contrary.” As it turned out, children in the study preferred urban environments much more than adults, suggesting that a passion for nature might develop gradually throughout one’s life, rather than being inherent at birth or a young age. The study’s findings, which will be published in the fall edition of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, actually make a strong argument for exposing kids to nature, says Marc Berman, the study’s senior author and director of UChicago’s Environmental Neuroscience Lab.

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