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Nature-based immersion in the workplace – Kinda Studios report

Two researchers carrying out EEG soundscape research in a workplace

Moodsonic worked with sensory research agency Kinda Studios to learn more about the impact of biophilic soundscapes on people’s wellbeing in the workplace.

The research identified three important benefits of biophilic soundscapes in offices.

We’ve known for years that natural light and views of nature can profoundly benefit humans. Architects and designers have embraced biophilic design by incorporating the natural world into the built environment visually. It turns out, though, that the biophilic hypothesis applies not just to sight, but to hearing as well.

A large body of academic research shows that carefully designed sounds can support the brain and body for focus and relaxation. Nature-based sounds can have been demonstrated to reduce distracting noise, encourage positive mood states, restore attention, and reduce the physical and psychological symptoms of stress.

Using a range of measures, this study tested the benefits of Moodsonic’s biophilic soundscapes in a London office to improve our understanding of how they can support employee wellbeing in the workspace.

Key findings

  • Moodsonic’s biophilic soundscape increased relaxation responses in individuals compared to typical office sound, based on both heart-rate and alpha brainwave data
  • Participants completed cognitive tasks significantly more quickly in the Moodsonic soundscape condition, without loss of accuracy
  • Participants scored higher in creative thinking (+ 12%) with Moodsonic, compared to typical office sound

Download the full report below.

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