In high school we were required to learn the basics of literary criticism, starting with identifying the varieties of conflict to be found in fiction. I remember one was “Man vs. Nature.” I think that learning about “Man vs. Cubicle” would have been a better place to start.
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Since the dawn of the office, people have been concerned with productivity and attention spans. William James, one of the fathers of modern psychology, posited that office workers would be faced with the enormous challenge of maintaining voluntary attention. He and others like him promoted work that fostered involuntary, or what they called “primitive,” attention. Today, a growing body of research suggests that nature promotes the kind of involuntary or primitive attention that James prescribed.
Eva Selhub and Alan Logan’s book Your Brain on Nature references a 2005 study in which people were shown photographs after performing a cognitively demanding task.