Welcome

Nature offers green chances; mental and physical health can profit from exposure to nature. These green chances are not yet fully exploited. LightGreen Wellbeing 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 Wellbeing supports every phase of the research into — and implementation of — interventions with green 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 and Postdoctoral research at the Eindhoven University of Technology, 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).

In 2012, I started the Restorative Environments Network with colleagues from the United Kingdom and Canada, with the aim to facilitate better dispersion of scientific knowledge between scholars as well as better valorisation of scientific results.

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. Besides that, I continue my research into restorative environments at the University of Groningen, at the Perception and Evaluation Nature and Landscape chair of Professor Agnes van den Berg, and I started writing children's stories inspired by the positive effects of nature on health.

Services

LightGreen Wellbeing offers consultancy during all phases of the research into the positive 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 Wellbeing:

LITERATURE REVIEW | WHITEPAPER | FACTSHEETS

RESEARCH

ADVICE IMPLEMENTATION INTERVENTIONS

TEXTWRITING

PRESENTATIONS | WORKSHOPS

EDUCATION

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

Portfolio

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, a systematic review is 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 the heath? LightGreen Wellbeing supports the EKLIPSE team with the execution and reporting of this systematic review.

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 also request the (Dutch) document by sending an email to: oerrr@natuurmonumenten.nl.

Light for Health & Wellbeing — Jönköping University

Research

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. These two projects (Tunable Light Patterns; TuLiP 1 and 2) are co-financed by the Svenssons Stiftelsen.

Education

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

  1. Results of the above-mentioned research and;
  2. Restorative qualities of windows (views to nature and psychological effects of daylight)

Nature on Prescription — Antwerp

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.

LightGreen Stories

Recently, I started writing stories for children. These stories all incorporate my scientific knowledge on the LightGreen chances of nature and daylight. The aim is to fascinate children (again) with nature.

Recently, 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.

Publications

The list below contains both publications in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Scientific peer-reviewed journals

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  |  ScienceDirect

Dissertation

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

Conference proceedings

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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