Research Design Connections
The ethereal transparent cube that forms the ground floor lobby at 200 West Madison in Chicago is a positive introduction to the structure for visitors, is a great space for people waiting for appointments in the building to spend time, and enhances positive experiences for people who work in the building.
Sabine Kastner, a psychology professor at Princeton, has found that visual clutter impedes professional performance. She has learned that “visual clutter competes with our brain’s ability to pay attention and tires out our cognitive functions over time. . . . Kastner’s . . . studies found that the brain may not be good at blocking clutter. . . .
Barbieri and team investigated the use of sit-stand desks in workplaces. They conducted a study that “aimed to document user behaviors and compare the use of two sit-stand workstation based interventions among two groups of administrative office workers: an “autonomous” group in which these workstations were introduced following some general ergonomic guidelines, and another “feedback-system” group in which the sit-stand tables were furnished with an automatic reminder system: users were prompted to accept, delay or refuse pre-programmed changes in table position, and if they accepted, the
Bonam and colleagues investigated carry over affects of stereotypes. They report that “Social psychologists have long demonstrated that people are stereotyped on the basis of race. Researchers have conducted extensive experimental studies on the negative stereotypes associated with Black Americans in particular. Across 4 studies, we demonstrate that the physical spaces associated with Black Americans are also subject to negative racial stereotypes. Such spaces, for example, are perceived as impoverished, crime-ridden, and dirty. . . .
An article by Rhodes in the British Psychological Society’s publication The Psychologist, announces a major exhibit on resting that will take place in United Kingdom. As she reports: “A major new exhibition exploring rest and noise, tumult and work, through installations, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound and music, opens at the end of September.
Green walls affect performance
Not all views produce the same effects
Parliament chambers say a lot about how countries are governed
Assessments of visual and acoustic elements are intertwined