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Ellen Langer, a prominent psychologist known for her work in the areas of mindfulness and the illusion of control, has conducted various studies that explore the impact of mental states, attitudes, and the surrounding environment on physical health and well-being. While Langer has engaged in a broad range of research topics over her career, one of her notable areas of focus involves examining how positive changes in one's environment or perceptions can lead to measurable improvements in health outcomes.

One of Langer's relevant studies in this context is her work on the effects of mental outlook on aging, which, while not directly about surrounding environments with positive pictures, aligns closely with the idea of how environmental cues can influence physiological and psychological states. In a landmark study known as the "counterclockwise" study, Langer and her colleagues found that when elderly participants were placed in an environment that mirrored the settings of their youth—thereby encouraging them to perceive themselves as younger—the participants showed measurable improvements in physical strength, flexibility, and even eyesight. This study underscored the powerful link between mindset, environmental cues, and physical health.

Langer's extensive research has consistently highlighted the importance of perception, mindfulness, and the environment in health and well-being, suggesting that even subtle shifts in our surroundings or how we engage with them can have profound effects on our physical health. This body of work encourages a broader understanding of health that encompasses not just biological factors but also the psychological and environmental contexts in which individuals live.

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