According to new research published in the journal Environment & Behaviour, people who spend time watching aquariums and fish tanks could see improvements in their physical and mental wellbeing.
The study was conducted by Deborah Cracknell, PhD Student and Lead Researcher at the National Marine Aquarium.
The study revealed that viewing aquarium displays led to noticeable reductions in blood pressure and heart rate, and that higher numbers of fish helped to hold people’s attention for longer and improve their moods.
CapeTalk’s John Maytham spoke to Deborah Cracknell, Lead Researcher: National Marine Aquarium:
What we wanted to do was to extend previous work by looking at the impact of what is actually in the tank containing different members of fish and unpack what was really happening— Deborah Cracknell,
Listen as Cracknell explain the findings of their research: