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Sounds of nature benefit mental health and promote environmental protection

The sounds of nature could help us recover from mental fatigue, but this power may be under threat as ecosystems deteriorate and people disconnect from the natural world, according to new research published in the journal Global Environmental Change. Led by a team from the University of Exeter, the study analysed data from over 7,500 […]


The HEPE Story

Centre researchers Kath Maguire and Ritadevi Alflatt have recently started a YouTube channel for the Health and Environment Public Engagement group, based at Cornwall’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health. The group (known as HEPE) provide valuable consultation on researchers’ projects, helping to co-create research that is shaped by the people it impacts. Since […]


New nature experiment launched with BBC Music

A new experiment goes live today, investigating how people respond to different kinds of digital nature experience. The study is part of a new collaboration between the BBC and the University of Exeter, called ‘Soundscapes for Wellbeing’, aiming to connect audiences with the nature through creative TV, radio, and online programming. The experiment is exploring […]


Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing

Watching high quality nature programmes on TV can uplift people’s moods, reduce negative emotions, and help alleviate the kind of boredom associated with being isolated indoors, according to a new BlueHealth study released today. Centre PhD student Alex Smalley and the BlueHealth team have worked with the BBC Natural History Unit to create experimental conditions to […]


Mindfulness meets Mother Nature in new BBC series

Following his successful collaboration with the BBC on Forest 404, Centre PhD student Alex Smalley has once again collaborated with the BBC on a new four-part series, Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore. The series brings together video footage from the The BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s archives with voiceover from Andy Puddicombe, founder of the Headspace mindfulness […]


New podcast – Alex Smalley

Explain it to me … Pete Hodges, the Centre’s Comms Assistant, invited researchers around the Centre to talk about their work. In the second of this podcast series, PhD student Alex Smalley discusses his research and his links with the BBC Sounds podcast series, Forest 404.


Research Fellows’ and PhD Students’ Success

The Wellcome Centre is incredibly proud of everyone who works with us but we want to highlight a few people who’s work has been in the spotlight. Congratulations to ‘Waiting Times’, Michael Flexer and Kelechi Anucha Michael Flexer, Publicly Engaged Research Fellow on the ‘Waiting Times’ project has won the 2019 Public Engagement Award from Birkbeck, University […]