Welcome

Nature offers green chances; both mental and physical health can benefit from exposure to nature. LightGreen Health focuses on research into the positive effects of nature on health, but also goes one step beyond. Nature is not only green, it also brings us natural light; daylight. Exposure to nature and daylight often goes hand in hand, and optimal exposure to daylight is quintessential for physical and mental wellbeing as well.

LightGreen Health supports every phase of the research into — and implementation of — interventions with nature and light; optimizing allocation of the LightGreen chances offered by nature to help promote and sustain good mental and physical health.

About me

In 2010, I — Femke Beute — graduated (with honours) from the Master Human Technology Interaction at the Eindhoven University of Technology, a Master program at the intersection of psychology and engineering. At this university I also obtained my Bachelor in Architecture, Building, and Planning. During both educational programs, I developed a fascination with the interaction between our physical environment and health and wellbeing.

During my PhD research at the Eindhoven University of Technology and subsequent Postdoctoral reserach at the Eindhoven University of Technology and University of Groningen, I specialized in the field of Environmental Psychology. Specifically, my focus has been on the positive effects of nature and daylight on health. Research has demonstrated that both nature and daylight exhibit salutogenic effects. However, the effects of nature and daylight have rarely been jointly investigated. A missed opportunity, as exposure to green and daylight often go hand in hand!

In addition to the restorative effects of nature and daylight, the application of innovative research methods increasingly received my attention. I have investigated the opportunities for conducting ecologically valid studies in the realm of everyday life — and outside of the psychological laboratory — by employing mobile technology to administer Ecological Momentary Assessment (also known as Experience Sampling).

During the summer of 2018, I started LightGreen Wellbeing to substantiate research into the LightGreen chances of nature and to enable translation of scientific results to everyday applications. Due to the frequent assignments in Scandinavia, Lightgreen Wellbeing moved up North, to Denmark, and became LightGreen Health (LyseGrøn Sundhed).

Besides that, I continue my research into restorative environments at the Jönköping University in Sweden, and I started writing children's stories inspired by the positive effects of nature and daylight on health.

Services

LightGreen Health offers consultancy during all phases of the research into the effects of green and light as well as advice for the application of evidence-based interventions in daily practice. In addition, you can also turn to me for advise on — and execution of — experience sampling studies, or ecological momentary assessments employing mobile technology. Below, you can find a succinct overview of the services of LightGreen Health:

LITERATURE REVIEW | WHITEPAPER | FACTSHEETS

RESEARCH

ADVICE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERVENTIONS

TEXTWRITING

(ONLINE) PRESENTATIONS | WORKSHOPS

EDUCATION

See the portfolio section for some examples. For further questions or more information, feel free to contact me.

Portfolio

Review Daylight and Views

In collaboration with SageGlass this project aims to review the effects of exposure to daylight and different view types on health and wellbeing. This review will gather the state of the art in scientific evidence concerning the benefits of windows for health and wellbeing as well as the health-promoting effects of outdoor exposure to daylight and views. In a previous article ( Beute & de Kort, 2015b, Salutogenic effects of the environment: Review of health-protective effects of nature and daylight) I have made a first overview of outcomes and underlying theoretical pathways and the present project will update and complement this knowledge.

Light for Health & Wellbeing — Jönköping University

Exposure to sufficient light is important for health and wellbeing. Timing of the light exposure is crucial, and the daylight curve is often used as the standard. We spend, unfortunately, not enough time outdoors to benefit from the high intensity light offered by the sun (even on overcast days), mostly because we have employment indoors. Innovations in lighting systems increasingly enable to do more than just turn the lights on and off; dynamic light patterns can turn office lighting into healthy lighting. But the main question is: which dynamic pattern is best? Together with Myriam Aries and Géza Fischl we investigate the effects of different dynamic patterns (light intensity, colour temperature, timing and duration) as well as individual light sensitivity on wellbeing and performance in two projects. A third project looks at the light exposure using a bottom-up approach; what are the dynamics in light exposure of people throughout the day and how do these patterns influence human cognition, affect, an behaviour? In addition, we investigate how lighting conditions can support work from home. These four projects (TuLiP 1 and 2, DAHLIA, and DAISY) are co-financed by the Svenssons Stiftelsen. A fifth project, SMILE (co-financed by the Swedish Energy agency investigates the application of smart lighting concepts in residential environments. I continue to work on these projects during my current position at Jönköping University.

EKLIPSE — Systematic review components of nature and mental health

In an innovative Horizon 2020 project EKLIPSE an assignment was issued by the French Ministry of Environment and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate the beneficial effects of individual components of nature on mental health. In an international team, two systematic reviews are performed into the effects of these individual components on mental health. Specifically, the focus is on elements of blue space (water) and components of green space. Will, for instance, a beach visit give different outcomes on mental health than a visit to a lake, or is the forest better or worse for mental health than heathland? LightGreen Health coordinates the systematic review process and assists in the execution of the structural review process together with the EKLIPSE Expert Working Group. The outcome will be two reports; one for Blue spaces and one for Green Spaces. In addition, the outcomes of the two reviews will be presented in a booklet published by the World Health Organisation.

You can find the Green Space report here, and the appendices here. You can find the Blue Space report here, and the appendices here.

To download the WHO booklet based on these two structural reviews click here.

Whitepaper — Give children nature (back)

Children increasingly spend their time indoors, and can be found in natural environments less and less. What are the consequences of this growing nature shortage? To answer this question, I made an overview of the current state of affairs in the scientific evidence for the beneficial effects of nature on mental and physical health for children, together with Agnes van den Berg of Natuurvoormensen (Nature for People). This whitepaper was issued by the Dutch National Trust ( Natuurmonumenten ) and has the title: Give Children Nature (Back) (in Dutch: Geef Kinderen de Natuur (Terug).

More information (in Dutch) about the outcomes of the whitepaper can be found in this newsletter of the national trust. You can find the report (in Dutch) here. We are also working on an English journal publication on this topic.

LightGreen Stories

I also write stories for children. These stories all incorporate my scientific knowledge on the LightGreen chances of nature and daylight. The aim is to inform children and youth about the effects of nature and daylight in a playful and informal way.

In 2018, my story Nobody asks (in Dutch: Niemand Vraagt) won a writing competition of the renowned Dutch Publisher Lemniscaat together with ScriptPlus (Language Centre Free University Amsterdam). The competition was held in the context of the children’s book week, with the theme friendship.

Lectures

Education

Advanced Topics in Environmental Psychology University of Groningen 18-02-2020 and 17-02-2021

The aim of this master course within the Environmental Psychology group is to present students with a critical view on an existing research field. The course consists of a one-hour lecture, followed by a plenary discussion. The lecture introduced daylight as an integral part of natural environments, and thus as part of nature’s benefits on health and wellbeing.

Light for Health and Wellbeing Jönköping University 21-02-2019 & 26-02-2019

For the course Light for health and wellbeing I was invited to give two guest lectures:

  1. Results of a field study performed by students in the previous year, testing the effects of two dynamic light patterns on affect and performance;
  2. Restorative qualities of windows (views to nature and psychological and non-visual benefits of daylight);

In my current position at Jönköping University, I am involved in both the Light for Health and Wellbeing course and the Lighting Science course.

Seminars / Presentations

Online presentation Workshop World Health Organisation World Urban Parks Congress 20-11-2020

At this workshop, organized by the World Health Organisation, I presented the outcomes of two systematic reviews investigating which green/blue space type or characteristic is most beneficial for mental health. These are the results of an EKLIPSE project, see for more information here.

Online Seminar Delft Municipality 02-07-2020

During this surprise seminar, I discussed the benefits of green and blue space on health and wellbeing as well as the benefits of exposure to daylight. The focus was on two very timely topics:

  1. how to keep cities liveable in times of urbanization, and
  2. how nature and daylight can contribute to increased wellbeing and lower stress when working from home during the corona-pandemic.

Heymans Colloquium University of Groningen 18-02-2020

This seminar, with the title The need for a more comprehensive concept of nature in restoration research , discussed the following: Natural environments are good for us. But many questions still remain unanswered about what it is exactly that gives nature its’ salutogenic properties. Is it the green of the leaves, or the chance to escape stressful urban life? During this talk, I addressed this issue and discussed the importance of a natural element that is often overlooked in restoration research; the sun. It orchestrates our circadian rhythms, but also climatic conditions and the change of seasons. How does daylight relate to the beneficial effects of nature? And looking toward the future: how does climate change influence nature’s restorative potential?

Seminar in the URSI Lecture series University of Groningen 17-02-2020

Humans benefit from exposure to natural space in many ways. An increase in exposure to both green (grass, trees, shrubs) and blue (coast, rivers) spaces have been found related to better cognitive performance, and better mental and physical health. These results are relatively well established in within restorative environments research in experimental and longitudinal studies. This seminar with the title: Gaining a better understanding of the benefits of nature: Differentiation versus Expansion of the concept of nature discussed two ways to move the field of restoration research forward; a better differentiation in — as well as the expansion of — the concept of nature. First, there is a need for more differentiation in the types and characteristics of natural environments as well as on differential outcomes on the individual level. Many studies take a rather global look on nature as either green or blue, but which characteristics and types of nature are particularly beneficial; is, for example, grass as good as a tree? Furthermore, not all individuals may benefit equally from nature exposure. This will be illustrated by looking at children. Specifically, as yet there is little differentiation between children and adults. Second, the seminar introduced a more comprehensive concept of nature. Nature is more than green and blue space. What about the role of one of the most endogenous factors in our daily lives; the sun?

Seminar in the Environmental Lectures Series Lund University 14-02-2020

During this lecture, with the title: Nature is more than green and blue space: the implementation of a more comprehensive definition of nature in restoration research , I discussed that we need to know more about the exact content of nature and how this affects human health and wellbeing. In addition, I presented some studies concerning the joint effects of nature and daylight exposure.

Symposium Green and Health Reinier de Graaf Hospital Delft 02-10-2019

The direct environment can have great influence on health and wellbeing. In this symposium, a broad outlook on these effects was presented from different angles: from medication remains in drink water to the beneficial effects of exposure to nature. This latter topic was presented by me, looking at benefits of blue and green spaces, as well as the importance of daylight. This seminar was aimed at medical professionals and practitioners.

Nature on Prescription Antwerp 04-10-2018

Building a bridge between science and the medical practice was the assignment during this event in Antwerp. The focus was on medical and therapeutical applications. During the workshop connectedness with nature, organized by Katriina Kilpi of NatureMinded and Patricia Mergen of Plantentuin Meise (botanical garden Meise), I presented the theoretical backgrounds of conntectedness with nature. A summary (in Dutch) of the workshop can be found here and the most important outcomes (also in Dutch) of the workshop can be found here.

Publications

The list below contains publications in scientific journals, reports, conference proceedings, book chapters, media attention, and my dissertation.

Scientific peer-reviewed journals

van den Berg, A.E., & Beute, F. (2021).
Walk it off! The effectiveness of walk and talk coaching in nature for individuals with burnout- and stress-related complaints.
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 76.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101641  |  Science Direct
Aries, M. B. C., Beute, F., & Fischl, G. (2020).
Assessment protocol and effects of two dynamic light patterns on human well-being and performance in a simulated and operational office environment.
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 69.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101409  |  Science Direct
Moens, M. A., Weeland, J., Beute, F., Assink, M., Staaks, J. P., & Overbeek, G. (2019).
A Dose of Nature: Two three-level meta-analyses of the beneficial effects of exposure to nature on children's self-regulation.
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 65.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101326  |  Science Direct
Beute, F., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2018).
The natural context of wellbeing: Ecological Momentary Assessment of the influence of nature and daylight on affect and stress for individuals with different levels of affective mental states.
Health and Place, 49, 7-18.
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.11.005  |  Science Direct
Beute, F., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2018).
Stopping the train of thought. A pilot study using an Ecological Momentary Intervention with twice-daily exposure to natural versus urban scenes to lower stress and rumination.
Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 10(2), 236-253.
DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12128  |  Wiley Online Library
Beute, F., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2018).
Thinking of Nature. Associations with natural versus urban environments and their relation to preference.
Landscape Research, 1-19.
DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2018.1457144  |  Taylor & Francis Online
Beute, F., Kaiser, F.G., Haans, A., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2017).
Striving for mental vigor through restorative activities: An application of the Campbell Paradigm.
Preventive Medicine and Health, 8, 20-27.
DOI: 10.1016/j.mhp.2017.09.001  |  Science Direct
Beute, F., de Kort, Y.A.W., & IJsselsteijn, W.A. (2016).
Restoration in its natural context: How Ecological Momentary Assessment can advance restoration research.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(4), 420.
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13040420  |  MDPI
Kersten - van Dijk, E.T., Westerink, J.H.D.M., Beute, F., & IJsselsteijn, W.A. (2016).
Personal informatics, self-insight and behavior change: a critical review of current literature.
Human-Computer Interaction, 1-29.
DOI: 10.1080/07370024.2016.1276456  |  Taylor & Francis Online
Van Dijk, E.T., Westerink, J.H.D.M., Beute, F., & IJsselsteijn, W.A. (2015).
In sync: the effect of physiological feedback on the match between heart-rate and self-reported stress.
BioMed Research International, ID 134606.
DOI: 10.1155/2015/134606  |  Hindawi
Beute, F. & de Kort, Y. (2014a).
Natural resistance: exposure to nature and self-regulation, mood, and physiology after ego-depletion.
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 40, 167-178.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2014.06.004  |  Science Direct
Beute, F. & de Kort, Y. (2014b).
Salutogenic effects of the environment: Review of health-protective effects of nature and daylight.
Applied Psychology: Health & Well-being, 6(1), 67-95.
DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12019  |  Wiley Online Library
Beute, F. & de Kort, Y. (2013).
Let the sun shine! Measuring explicit and implicit preference for environments differing in naturalness, weather type and lightness.
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 36, 162-178.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.07.016  |  Science Direct

Reports

Braubach, M., Kendrovski, V., Jarosinska, D., Mudu, P., Andreucci, M. B., Beute, F., ... & Russo, A. (2021).
Green and blue spaces and mental health: new evidence and perspectives for action.
World Health Organization. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Beute, F., Andreucci, M. B., Lammel, A., Davies, Z., Glanville, J., Keune, H., ... & de Vries, S. (2020).
Types and characteristics of urban and peri-urban green spaces having an impact on human mental health and wellbeing: systematic review.
An EKLIPSE Expert Working Group report
Report, appendices.
Beute, F., Davies, Z., de Vries, S., Glanville, J., Keune, H., Lammel, A., ... & Andreucci, M. B. (2020).
Types and characteristics of urban and peri-urban blue spaces having an impact on human mental health and wellbeing: systematic review.
An EKLIPSE Expert Working Group report
Report, appendices.
Van den Berg, A.E, & Beute, F. (2019).
Geef kinderen de natuur (terug). Natuurmonumenten.
Download whitepaper.

Dissertation

Beute, F. (2014).
Powered by Nature. The psychological benefits of natural views and daylight.
Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
DOI: 10.6100/IR780722  |  TUE

Book Chapters

Beute, F. & Berg, van den, A. E. (2019).
Seeing the forest through the trees: Contemporary and future avenues of research.
The international handbook of forest therapy. Kötte, D., Li, Q., Shin, W. S. & Michalsen, A. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , p. 208-219

Conference proceedings

Aries, M., Beute, F., & Fischl, G. (2019).
Students in good mood appear slower and less accurate: A pilot study investigating dynamic lighting impact on students’ perception and performance.
29th Session of the CIE, Washington DC, USA, June 14–22, 2019 1, 1297-1304
Weeland, J., Moens, M.A., Beute, F., Staaks, J.A.C., de Kort, Y.A.W., & Overbeek, G. (2019).
Society for Research in Child Development, 21 – 23 March, Baltimore, US.
Beute, F., & Hartig, T. (2017).
The environmental psychophysiology of light: lessons for research on restorative environments. International Conference on Environmental Psychology,30 August – 1 September 2017, A Coruna, Spain
Lee, M., Kim, J., Truong, K., de Kort, Y.A.W., Beute, F., & IJsselsteijn, W. (2017).
Exploring moral conflicts in speech: multidisciplinary analysis of affect and stress. Seventeenth International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII), 23 October – 28 October, San Antonia, USA
Lee, M., Frank, L.E., Beute, F., de Kort, Y.A.W., & IJsselsteijn, W.A. (2017).
Bots mind the social-technical gap. Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Computer- Supported Cooperative Work, 28 August – 1 September 2017, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Beute, F. (2016).
Mobile technology and Wellbeing – the role of self-regulation. NordiCHI 2016. Mobile Wellbeing Workshop. Gothenburg, Sweden
Beute, F., IJsselsteijn, W.A., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2016).
Beneficial effects of nature on stress and self-regulation in everyday life for (mildly) depressed individuals. IAPS 24. The human being at home, work and leisure: Sustainable use and development of indoor and outdoor spaces in late modern everyday life: book of abstracts.
Beute, F., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2014).
Enlightened thoughts: associations with daylight versus electric light, preference formation, and recovery from stress. In M.P.J. Aarts, I. Kalinauskaite, A. Haans, D. Lakens, L.M. Huiberts, Y.A.W. Kort, de, K.C.H.J. Smolders, A. .... & F. Beute (Eds.), Proceedings of EXPERIENCING LIGHT 2014: International Conference on the Effects of Light on Wellbeing, 10-11 November 2014, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (pp. 74-77). Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
Beute, F., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2013).
The benefits of nature: resource replenishment or resource expansion? Presented at the 10 th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, 22 - 25 Se–tember, Magdeburg, Germany
de Kort, Y.A.W., Beute, F., Kalinauskaite, I., & IJsselsteijn, W. (2013).
The natural context of well-being: studying beneficial effects of nature and daylight in daily life using | experience sampling. Presented at the 10 th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, 22 - 25 September, Magdeburg, Germany
Beute, F., & de Kort, Y.A.W. (2012).
Framing well-being: how a view to nature and daylight entrance can enhance health, cognitive performance, and mood in office workers. Presented at Landscape and Health, Birmensdorf, Switzerland, 24 – 25 January
Beute, F. & Kort, de, Y.A.W. (2012).
Vitalize me! Effects of mediated scenes on the replenishment of self-regulation strength. Presentation at the Preconference workshop. European Association for Social Psychology, 11-12 July 2011, Stockholm, Sweden
Kort, de, Y.A.W., Smolders, K.C.H.J. & Beute, F. (2012).
Lighting and self-regulation : can light revitalise the depleted ego. In O. Romice, K. Thwaites & E. Edgerton (Eds.), Proceedings of the IAPS 22th Conference: International Association People- environment Studies, 24-29 June 2012, Glasgow(pp. 75-76). Glasgow: Strathclyde University.
Beute, F. & Kort, de, Y.A.W. (2011).
Let the sun shine : Exploring explicit and implicit | preferences for bright, sunny and natural environments. In J. Ham, A. Haans, D. Gennip, van, Y. A. W. Kort, de & C. J. H. Midden (Eds.), Presented at Environment 2.0: The 9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology Eindhoven: Eindhoven University of Technology.
Van der Ha, B., de Kort, Y.A.W., & Beute, F. (2011).
Seeing, thinking, feeling: exploring free associations with (non)restorative pictures. In J. Ham, A. Haans, D. Gennip, van, Y. A. W. Kort, de & C. J. H. Midden (Eds.), Presented at Environment 2.0: The 9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology Eindhoven: Eindhoven University of Technology.
Ham, J.R.C., Midden, C.J.H. & Beute, F. (2009).
Can ambient persuasive technology persuade unconsciously? : using subliminal feedback to influence energy consumption ratings of household appliances. In S. Chatterjee & P. Dev (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Persuasive Technology 2009, | Claremont, California, April 26-29, 2009 (pp. article no : 29-1/6). New York: ACM.
Ham, J.R.C., Midden, C.J.H. & Beute, F. (2009).
Unconscious persuasion by ambient persuasive technology : evidence for the effectiveness of subliminal feedback. Conference proceedings of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (pp. 1- 6). Edinburgh UK.
Ham, J.R.C., Midden, C.J.H. & Beute, F. (2009).
Conserving energy without cognitive effort or conscious attention?: the power of ambient persuasive technology to stimulate energy conservation behavior. In B. Meyer, H.-J. Mosler, H. Gutscher, S. Mischke, & M. Soland (Eds.) Abstract presented at 8 th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, September 6-9, 2009, Zürich (pp. 124 – 124). Lengerich: Pabst Science Publishers.

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