Leafier streets, brighter chil­dren

Daily Mail - - Life -

GROW­ING up in leafier towns and cities can boost chil­dren’s brain power, says a study.

These young­sters have more neu­rons in the area linked to spa­tial work­ing mem­ory than those in a con­crete jun­gle.

These cells aid con­cen­tra­tion and fo­cus so are strongly re­lated to aca­demic achieve­ment in chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly maths, said re­searchers.

They looked at 4,758 pupils aged 11 liv­ing in ur­ban ar­eas across Eng­land and found those in places with less green space were likely to have worse spa­tial work­ing mem­ory.

This link was not in­flu­enced by the wealth or de­pri­va­tion of an area, said the study by Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don.

Pro­fes­sor Eirini Flouri told the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Ed­u­ca­tional Psy­chol­ogy: ‘Our find­ings sug­gest a pos­i­tive role of green space in cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing.’

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