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  • Using an electronic device counteracts benefits of taking a break in nature, researchers find

    Using electronic devices substantially counteracts the benefits that nature offers in recovering from mental fatigue and restoring the brain’s capacity to pay attention, according to a new study by William Sullivan, left, the head of the University of Illinois landscape architecture department; Bin Jiang, a professor of landscape architecture at The University of Hong Kong; and Rose Schmillen, not pictured, a former Illinois graduate student.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach William Sullivan, email

    The paper “How to waste a break: Using portable electronic devices substantially counteracts attention restoration effects of green spaces” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1177/0013916518788603