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Maureen K. Calamia
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What the City Could Be Doing to a Child's Psyche

Posted September 17, 2011 | 13:07:00 (EST)

Me and nature? Let's just say that I had to work for the relationship. Growing up on Long Island, NY in the 1970s, I attended a private elementary school made of cinder block construction. Our "playground" was an ugly asphalt parking lot adjacent to a small wooded area of about...

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Why Plants Make Us Feel Good

Posted August 4, 2011 | 09:32:00 (EST)

Plants make us feel good. In fact, other elements of the natural world do also. Why is that?

In a word, it's "biophilia." A term coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm in the 1960s, biophilia is our biologically-inherited need to commune with nature. Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson,...

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