Restorative experiences, those that help people restock their mental energy after cognitively exhausting work, are important for psychological well-being.
Radel’s research supports previous studies indicating “that what’s going on inside our head affects our senses.”
Tony McCaffrey developed the generic-parts technique (GPT) to increase the odds that innovative solutions to problems are uncovered.
It seems clear that the clothes we wear have some influence on how we think, but this topic has not been thoroughly researched.
Researchers continue to investigate how our sensory experiences are integrated.
Baron examines “the interpretive processes historians engage in when ‘reading’ historic buildings,” “examines what qualifies as historical thinking about historic buildings and sites,” and ponders using historic buildings as an educational tool.
Carter and Gilovich have re-examined the relationship that people have to their purchases of experiences and objects.
Rudd, Vohs, and Aaker specifically investigated the psychological implications of feeling awed.
Quelch and Jocz focus on retail environments, but their major points, including the importance of continuing to recognize local cultures as business decisions are made, are applicable to design of other sorts of spaces, from workplaces to public parks to healthcare facilities and residences.