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Mitigating stress in college students by enhancing testing center environments through passive interaction with plants


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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine whether live plants placed into a university testing center (a stressful place) would reduce students' stress and improve subject matter test (a stressful event) performance in Math 101 students.

Math 101 students, in two summer terms, took a requisite subject matter test in a university testing center in the presence of plants (treatment) or the absence of plants (control). Common houseplants were placed in the peripheral view of student test takers on one half of the partitioned testing center, while the other half contained no plants. A performance measure (test score), a psychological measure (perceived stress scale) and physiological measures (blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature) were measured.

Students' body temperature increased, blood pressure increased, and heart rate decreased. Each of the physiological values were not statistically significant. Students' stress levels decreased, which was a statistically significant decrease at an alpha level of .10. Performance improved by 3.31 % and was a statistically significant improvement at an alpha level of .10.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Psychotherapy;
Educational psychology
Classification
0622: Psychotherapy
0525: Educational psychology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Psychology; College students; Passive interaction; Stress; Testing center
Title
Mitigating stress in college students by enhancing testing center environments through passive interaction with plants
Author
Nelson, Reese F.
Number of pages
154
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0089
Source
DAI-A 67/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542738678
Advisor
Ostrom, Lee
University/institution
University of Idaho
University location
United States -- Idaho
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3220450
ProQuest document ID
305328021
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305328021
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