The effects of green space on college students’ mood

Zayden Van Vleet, Anup K C, Kang Jae Jerry Lee, Mariela Fernandez

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Objective: Less attention has been given to how green space can impact college students’ moods. This study aimed to examine whether university students exposed to outdoor and indoor green space-natural and artificial would experience a change in moods compared to students not exposed to green space. Method: Seventy-nine participants were randomly assigned to four different conditions: office without greenery, office with posters of nature, office with green plants, and outside in a garden. The Brunel Mood Scale was used to assess participants’ moods before and after spending time in their assigned setting. Results: Results indicated that all participants experienced a decline in tension and fatigue regardless of their assigned setting, yet the decline was less pronounced among participants in the office without greenery. Conclusion: Study findings highlight indoor green space is also conducive to positive moods. Thus, in addition to protecting outside greenery, universities may invest in indoor greenery (e.g., indoor plants, posters/artwork featuring nature) that can be placed in classrooms, libraries, dormitories, and other spaces frequented by students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of American College Health
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • College students
  • experiment
  • green space
  • mood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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