Growing up near a park boosts children’s attention spans, new research reveals.
Children perform better and faster in attentiveness tests if they live in leafy areas, the first study of its kind found.
Study author Dr Payam Dadvand from The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, said: ‘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 future generations’ brains.’
Leafy surroundings may also directly impact the development of youngsters’ brains, the researchers add.
Further investigation into how countryside living benefits children’s attentiveness is required, the researchers said.