ESRC Festival: Cognitive Restoration Event Now Live!!!

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We are excited to announce that our online cognitive restoration exhibit on ‘The effects of the environment on thinking’ is now live and available to access! This exhibit forms part of our month-long ESRC Festival and is available until the Festival closes.  

This exciting interactive online space has been set up by members of our Visual Cognition Group within the Psychology Department at the University and is designed to explain more about the science behind cognitive restoration, which showcases the effects of nature on the mind and the brain.

What is the event about?

Humans have a limited set of thought processes, so when we have spent time concentrating on a task, making a decision, or solving a problem, we experience ‘mental fatigue’. This means that our ability to remember information, focus, and make accurate decisions is impaired. Research in psychology shows that nature environments can help to ‘restore’ our thought processes and so if we spend more time engaging with nature, we may be able to enhance our thinking!

How can you take part?

This is an online pop-up museum exhibit that explains the science behind cognitive restoration. It is free to attend and everyone is welcome. You can visit the exhibit yourself at any time (and as many times as you like!) from now onwards until the end of our ESRC Festival programme on 30th November.

Why not drop by and find out how to boost your brain with nature?

To sign up, please go to:

You will then be sent a link to the online exhibit, which you can explore at your leisure.