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Researchers figure out how to calm inmates in solitary confinement: Nature videos

Researchers figure out how to calm inmates in solitary confinement: Nature videos

A study has found a novel way to reduce violence by prisoners in solitary confinement: Show them nature videos.

Prisoners who viewed ocean waves, waterfalls, aquariums and other serene images were 26% less likely to be disciplined for violence than a control group that did not watch the videos, according to research led by a forest ecologist and published Friday in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

The concept originated with Nalini Nadkarni, a professor at the University of Utah and an expert on the rain forest canopies of Costa Rica, and was premised on research that people with regular exposure to nature, or even images of nature, were calmer.

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