Are we wired to be outside?
How do our legs adapt from walking on a paved road to scrambling up rocks? How do our eyes lock on to the optimal path across the jagged terrain? And how does one begin to examine the nebulous neuronal roots of our fascination with nature? Remarkably, these are not straightforward questions to answer from a neuroscientific point of view. Grigori Guitchounts contemplates the challenges and value behind them in this fascinating piece for Nautilus. "It’s satisfying to think being in nature is pleasant because this is the environment to which our minds are best adapted."