The findings indicated that the children with higher greenness around their homes had better scores in the attention tests. First study author Payam Dadvand from ISGlobal claimed that this is the first time that the impact of lifelong residential exposure to green spaces on attention capacity in children has been studied. These results underline the importance of green areas in cities for children’s health and brain development, Dadvand explained. Study coordinator Jordi Sunyer pointed out the possibility that exposure to different types of vegetation might have different impacts on neurodevelopment remains an open question. “Green spaces in cities promote social connections and physical activity and reduce exposure to air pollution and noise, and are therefore essential for the development of the future generations’ brains,” Sunyer added. The research appears in Environment Health Perspectives journal.
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