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Mar 4, 2020

“Analysis of Children's Drawings to Gain Insight into Plant Blindness” with Dr. Christina Hargiss and Dr. Paula Comeau

Plant blindness is a phenomenon that, despite its name, has nothing to do with whether or not plants can see. It is actually defined as our inability to see or value the plants around us. Interdisciplinary researchers Drs. Christina Hargiss and Paula Comeau have spent a lot of time digging down to the “roots” of this problem, with research touching anything from psychology to history, cryptography, literature, art and more. This episode, we discuss their work studying plant blindness and mental models in children’s art.

Listen to this two part episode to learn more about:

  • What plant blindness is
  • How child psychology and plant blindness research overlap
  • What hurdles researchers face when working with younger study groups
  • How you can fight plant blindness using your grocery store
  • What witch trials, Harry Potter, confederate armies, and cryptography have to do with plant blindness
  • What the next steps are in plant blindness research

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It will be freely available from 4 March to 18 March, 2020.

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CEU Quiz Part 1:

CEU Quiz Part 2:

CSA News article, “Plant Blindness: How Seeing Green Creates Cultural Disengagement with Agriculture":

“Challenges Conducting Research with Adolescents in Public Schools” by Kory Bonnell:

NDSU Twitter: @NDSU

NDSU Natural Resources Management Facebook:

NDSU School of Natural Resource Sciences Facebook:

Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas Facebook:

Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas website:

Carnegie Museum of Natural History article by Patrick McShea:

BBC Article by Christine Ro:

Plant Science Bulletin:

“Botany and environmental education in elementary school in Brazil: Articulating knowledge, values, and procedures” by Loureiro and Dal-Farra.

Project Learning Tree:                  

Project Food, Land, and People:

“Preventing Plant Blindness” paper about the poster by Schussler and Wandersee:

Native Ways of Knowing:

Project Wet:

Paperback book Lost Plant! by Elisabeth Schussler and Jim Wandersee:

Prairie Preschool:

Growing Together Facebook:

Growing Together article:,

Growing Together, US initiative:

Free Forest School:


Grocery Store Mythbusters:

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