Viewing aquarium displays may not only improve your mood but also the exposure may cause a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, according to a new research.
"Fish tanks and displays are often associated with attempts at calming patients in doctors' surgeries and dental waiting rooms," said lead researcher Deborah Cracknell from National Marine Aquarium in Britain.
"This study has, for the first time, provided robust evidence that 'doses' of exposure to underwater settings could actually have a positive impact on people's wellbeing," noted Cracknell.
The participants were present in an exhibit by National Marine Aquarium, precisely the same setting as fish numbers gradually increased. The mood, heart rate and blood pressure of study participants was assessed by the researchers.
The results showed that higher number of fish helped to hold people's attention for longer time and improve their moods. "While large public aquariums typically focus on their educational mission, our study suggests they could offer a number of previously undiscovered benefits," said Sabine Pahl, associate professor in Psychology at Plymouth University in Britain.
"In times of higher work stress and crowded urban living, perhaps aquariums can step in and provide an oasis of calm and relaxation," Pahl noted. The study was published in the journal Environment and Behaviour