Our Brains Act Differently Outdoors Than They Do Indoors

When you head outdoors your brain actually thinks differently than it does indoors. Researchers from University of Alberta’s Department of Psychology tracked the brain activity of participants using EEG equipment as they performed a standard neuroscience task while riding a bike outside. A previous study tracked brain activity when participants rode stationary bikes indoors. The new study revealed our brains process stimuli, like sounds and sights, differently when we perform a task outside as opposed to inside. Lead study author Joanna Scanlon adds that this “may indicate that the brain is compensating for environmental distractions.” (EurekAlert!