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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B 2020 Vol.21 No.1 P.53-63


Psychophysiological and cognitive effects of strawberry plants on people in isolated environments

Author(s):  Zhao-Ming Li, Hui Liu, Wen-Zhu Zhang, Hong Liu

Affiliation(s):  Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Biomedical Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100083, China; more

Corresponding email(s):   liuhui87@buaa.edu.cn, LH64@buaa.edu.cn

Key Words:  Isolated environment, Horticultural welfare, Strawberry, Mood, Cognition

Zhao-Ming Li, Hui Liu, Wen-Zhu Zhang, Hong Liu. Psychophysiological and cognitive effects of strawberry plants on people in isolated environments[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B, 2020, 21(1): 53-63.

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In manned deep-space exploration, extremely isolated environments may adversely affect the mood and cognition of astronauts. Horticultural plants and activities have been proven to be effective in improving their physical, psychological, and cognitive states. To assess the effects of applying horticultural plants and activities in isolated environments, this study investigated the influence of viewing strawberry plants on the mood of people in a laboratory experiment as indicated by heart rate, salivary cortisol, and psychological scales. The results showed that heart rate and salivary cortisol were significantly decreased after viewing strawberry plants for 15 min. “Tension” and “confusion” scored using the Profile of mood States negative mood subscales, and anxiety levels measured using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory scale were also significantly reduced. This study further explored the impact of viewing strawberry plants on cognition. A notable reduction of the subjects’ reaction time after 15-min plant viewing was observed. Based on these findings, a long-duration isolated experiment in a bioregenerative life support system—“Lunar Palace I”—was conducted. A similar trend was obtained that crew members’ mood states were improved by viewing the strawberry plants, but no significant change was observed. This study provided some experimental evidence for the benefits of interacting with strawberry plants in isolated environments.




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