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What's that experiment about how caring for plans improved hospital recovery times?

I remember reading about an experiment by psychologists on recovery time for hospital patients. In both conditions, a plant was placed in the patient's hospital room. In one condition, the hospital staff cared for the plant. In another condition, the patient was told they would have to care for the plant. The patients who were given the responsibility to care for the plant had better recovery rates.

Does someone know the citation for this study? I can't find it for the life of me!
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dbruntonCommented:
Possibly

Brethour 2007, Frank 2003, Friend 2008, Lohr 2000, Park, 2009, Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Assn. 2009, Ulrich 1984

as citations may help you track the article down.

See http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu/emphasis-areas/marketing-economics/health-and-well-being-benefits-of-plants/ and the section Accelerates Healing Process for source of above citations.

Also see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WJ8-4W9XBH2-1&_user=10&_coverDate=12%2F31%2F2009&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=gateway&_origin=gateway&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1681991057&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=947c73a2cfd977320e6768ade8c7a9a3&searchtype=a which might be of even more help if you can access the paper without paying.
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lukeprogAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but those aren't the ones. Those are studies on the healing power of plants. The conclusion of the study I'm thinking of was that giving people a PURPOSE lead to improved recovery rates. The difference between the two conditions was not Plant vs. NoPlant but instead it was NurseCaresForPlant vs. PatientCaresForPlant.
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TommySzalapskiCommented:
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TommySzalapskiCommented:
Ah. Found it. Here's the complete citation with a link to the original article (which you can purchase):
http://psycnet.apa.org/?fa=main.doiLanding&uid=1976-28515-001

If you look through all the articles that cited this one, you may find some more.
http://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=8109162852186235861&as_sdt=5,26&sciodt=0,26&hl=en
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lukeprogAuthor Commented:
Perfect! Thanks so much!
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