May 6, 2022
While I was recently in College
Station visiting the Human Behavior Lab, I had the joy of meeting
Dr. Maddock when he came by to chat with us for a bit. I hadn’t met
him before, but in learning about his work and research it was
clear that we had to do an interview. Thankfully, I had my
equipment with me and he had some spare time to talk about some of
the incredibly cool stuff he and his team are
Dr. Maddock is a professor in
the department of environmental and occupational health at the
school of public health at Texas A&M University and is also the
co-director of the Center for Health and Nature. He serves on the
Brazos County Board of Health. Not to mention he is editor in chief
of the Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living. He has authored
more than 130 scientific articles which have been cited more than
5000 times, plus his research has been featured on/in
The Today Show, BBC, CNN,
Eating Well, Prevention and Good Housekeeping and he has given lectures around the world.
This isn’t even all of his bio, but I wanted to let you know a
little bit about this awesomeness before you hear about the cool
stuff he is doing. Listen in to hear all about the connection
between nature and our health. It is really amazing!
- [01:16] Dr. Maddock is a
professor in the department of environmental and occupational
health at the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University
and is also the co-director of the Center for Health and
- [03:47] Jay shares about his
background and what he does.
- [05:16] They are really looking
at how natural environments change health. Spending time in nature
really changes your health.
- [05:59] They are now trying to
understand what is the perfect dose of nature and how they can use
some of the models to get more people into nature.
- [07:46] Virtual reality lets us
break the senses up. They can do a study experimenting with only
- [08:40] They are trying to
figure out the essential pieces of nature that we need for healthy
- [09:47] People like different
types of nature.
- [10:49] The more that we feel
we are in the environment, the more effect it has on our
- [11:29] There are so many
questions we can answer in virtual reality that would be difficult
to do in person.
- [12:48] Making environments
immersive and interesting is important for people. Being in real
nature is always best for us, but since that isn’t always possible,
it will be great to have other options.
- [14:49] How we can integrate
nature into our surrounding and environment is
- [15:55] They have been looking
at the effect of travel and nature. So many times when we go on
vacation we want to go to some beautiful natural spot, but we also
have an effect on the environment.
- [17:34] The ability to
virtually tour places that are untouched would be really
- [18:11] The biggest thing with
health and nature is it doesn’t work without
- [18:45] One of the other things
they have been working on is looking at some of the behavioral
theories that we use and how we adopt these to increase people’s
time in nature.
- [21:27] Melina shares her
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