Providing workers with control of aspects of their physical environments has clear psychological benefits.
The acoustics in classrooms are a major concern of designers and educators and they have a significant influence on how well children learn.
Recent research by Speer and her colleagues has determined that “readers understand a story by simulating the events in the story world and updating their simulation when features of that world change.”
People’s feelings of connection to nature vary by season, at least in temperate zones.
Environmental psychologists have known for some time that people convey information about personal attributes that are important to them through the spaces that they personalize, and that different impressions are often created in different locations.
Long ago, scientists learned that sunlight affects mood.
Sherman and Clore have investigated the longstanding associations in Western cultures to black (linked to negative aspects of the world, such as evil) and white (associated with positive aspects of the world, such as purity).
Japanese researchers have recently determined that lemon, mango, and lavender scents (all of which contain linalool) are relaxing.
Arthur Stamps has recently published additional findings from his continuing research on perceived spaciousness.
We sometimes assess objects based on the other objects around them, and sometimes we don’t.