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Michelle Berelowitz

Biophelia for Mental Health

Out for Funding

Mental health is on the rise. Canadians are experiencing mental health issues more frequently and more deeply than ever before. The consequences are grave. With COVID, long winters and minimal daylight, many Canadians will go months without access to these vital elements found in nature. We need to help Canadians find their way out of the darkness.

Biophilia refers to the human innate desire to connect with nature, and augmented reality (AR) technology can create realistic nature simulations, leading to a positive impact on mental health. By integrating biophilic elements into AR, such as natural patterns and textures, users can experience an increased sense of relaxation and restoration.

Furthermore, the quality and color of light can be adjusted to mimic natural light, which has been shown to have a significant impact on our circadian rhythms and mood. Through the infusion of nature into our digital environments, cognitive performance can be enhanced, leading to better concentration, creativity, and overall well-being.

Incorporating biophilia into AR technology has the potential to revolutionize mental health treatment by providing an accessible and immersive tool for nature exposure therapy. By allowing individuals to engage with nature in a controlled and safe environment, AR biophilia can contribute to a more sustainable and nature-connected future.


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