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Explore nature through a virtual lens.

Clemson University’s Virtual Reality and Nature Lab applies an interdisciplinary, technological focus to the study of people’s connections and interactions with the natural world.

The lab has two areas of primary focus. Lab researchers:

  1. Conduct both basic and applied research on the therapeutic effects of simulated natural environments on human health and well-being.
  2. Look for ways to evaluate and ultimately enhance the frequency, richness, and meaningfulness of nature-based connections and interactions.

Research is conducted by researchers at Clemson University and at affiliate institutions throughout the United States.


A world in which everyone prioritizes safe, accessible nature for our collective health and happiness.


Developing solutions to societal issues through studying people’s experiences with nature, both physical and simulated.

Lab Culture:

We foster creative, passionate, intrinsically-motivated people who appreciate beauty and want to make the world a better place.

Virtual Reality and Nature Lab People

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Virtual Reality and Nature Lab Research

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Virtual Reality and Nature Lab News

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Virtual Reality and Nature Lab Contact

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New Study Demonstrates That Being Outside is Best

Matt Browning, Director of the Virtual Reality and Nature LabVirtual Reality and Nature Lab Director Matthew Browning and Lab Manager Olivia McAnirlin led a study that demonstrated that although simulated natural settings can improve people's moods, spending time outside is best. Study results were published in the September 30 issue of Frontiers in Psychology. 

Read the article.

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Emeritus College Online Seminar with Dr. Delphine Dean

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Emeritus College Seminar with Dr. Lesley Ross

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