S4E4 — Why Technology is Not the Antithesis to Nature with Matthew Browning of Virtual Reality & Nature Lab

May 25, 2022

I speak with Matthew Browning on using virtual reality to study humanity's relationship with nature.

This week, I am joined by Matthew Browning, founder of the Virtual Reality & Nature Lab at Clemson University, to discuss how growing up near nature shaped him, how working as a park ranger sparked an interest in academia, why he’s prioritizing nature exposure for his family, and recent research including how nature-based virtual reality is beneficial for people who cannot access the outdoors, why people who live in greener areas tend to have lower health care costs, and why deserts can be just as therapeutic as forests.

This podcast episode was brought to you by The Nature Conservancy's global coalition — Nature4Climate.

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