"From a water glass to the mighty Pacific Ocean, our brains are enhanced, expanded, changed, and renewed by water." - Wallace J. Nichols, PhD
"I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope." - Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption
"I must go down to the sea again, For the call of the running tide, It's a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied." - John Masefield
"The cure for anything is salt water." - Isak Dinesen
Academic Research Papers and Dissertations
Abd El Aziz AN , K Jahangir, Y Kobayashi, F Norliyana , A Ahmad Jamil. 2012. Evaluation of the Effect of Preoperative Natural Water Fountain Melody on Teenagers’ Behavior - Preliminary Study. American Journal of Sociological Research 2(4): 78-81.
Adler-Cohen C, T Czarnowicki, J Dreiher, T Ruzicka, A Ingber, M Harari. 2012. Climatotherapy at the Dead Sea: an effective treatment modality for atopic dermatitis with significant positive impact on quality of life. Dermatitis 23(2):75-80.
Batista e Silva, J, M da Graça Saraiva, I Loupa Ramos, F Bernardo. 2013. Improving Visual Attractiveness to Enhance City–River Integration—A Methodological Approach for Ongoing Evaluation. Planning Practice & Research 28(2): 163-185.
Lazarow, N, ML Miller, B Blackwell. 2009. Tourism in Marine Environments. 5(2/3): 145-158.
Morgan, P, AJ Salacinski, MA Stults-Kolehmainen, Matthew A. 2013. The Acute Effects of Flotation Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique on Recovery From Maximal Eccentric Exercise. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.
Thompson, W, CJ Roe, P Aspinall, R Mitchell, A Clow, D Miller. 2012. More green space is linked to less stress in deprived communities: Evidence from salivary cortisol patterns. Landscape and Urban Planning 105(3): 221-229.
The psychological and neurophysiological concomitants of mindfulness forms of meditation. Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Adjusting the market value of coastal property for beach quality Appraisal Journal
Conservation Means Behavior. Conservation Biology
Using Psychology to Save Biodiversity and Human Well-Being. Conservation Biology
Does living by the coast improve health and wellbeing? Health & Place
The impact of blue space on human health and well-being – Salutogenetic health effects of inland surface waters: A review. Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health:
Blue space: The importance of water for preference, affect, and restorativeness ratings of natural and built scenes. Journal of Environmental Psychology
Effect of environmental conditions on perceived psychological restorativeness of coastal parks. Journal of Environmental Psychology
Endogenous kappa opioid activation mediates stress-induced deficits in learning and memory. Journal of Neuroscience
Modelling The Value Of View in Real Estate Valuation: A 3-D GIS Approach. Journal of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society
Modelling Dimensions of Height and View at Melbourne’s Docklands. Journal of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society
The Blue Gym: Health and Wellbeing from Our Coasts. Marine Pollution Bulletin
The state of tranquility: Subjective perception is shaped by contextual modulation of auditory connectivity. NeuroImage
The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature. Psychological Science:
Coastal Populations Are Healthier Than Those Inland. Science Daily
Being seaside is good for you. Science Daily
Charles Duhigg: The power of habit: why we do what we do in life and business
"What transpires in the mind when one visualizes the sea presumably bears little interesting resemblance to the sea. The mind isn't blue, it isn't a body of water, and so forth. But visualizing the ocean might substantially resemble an episode of seeing the ocean, either an actual seeing or a hypothetical one."
Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel J. Levitin: This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
Nichols, WJ. In Press, 2014. BlueMind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Little, Brown & Company. New York, NY.
Projects and Reports
Travis Central Appraisal District: View Attributes in the Appraisal of Real Estate
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