Gjersoe and her team have learned that our national culture influences how we respond to objects. More specifically, “individualistic cultures place a greater value on objects associated with unique persons [than collectivist ones].” This finding has repercussions for design of spaces in general and the allocation of space to individuals, as well as the resolution of other design-related issues.
Researchers Justin Moss and Jon Maner of Florida State University have conducted research that again illustrates what interesting creatures humans are. Their work has repercussions for the design/soundscapes of healthcare facilities and homes, for example. The team learned that “The subtle sound of a ticking clock can quite literally speed up a woman’s reproductive timing. That is, the sound of a ticking clock can lead women to want to start a family at an earlier age, especially if she was raised in a lower socio-economic community. . . .
Misra and her team have learned that if a mobile device (defined as a smartphone, cell phone, laptop, tablet, or similar item) is visible (for example, because it’s on a table top or in someone’s hand) during a conversation, the quality of discussion among people present deteriorates. Data were collected in Washington, DC area coffee shops. These findings indicate the value of banning phones, laptops, etc., from meetings and also should spur the development and use of furnishings that keep these items out of view during discussions. Specifically, the research team fo
Religious symbols in public places - positive ramifications
At their last two meetings, members of the Society for Consumer Psychology have presented research on topics that designers creating many different types of spaces and products will find useful.
Selecting products that are well designed seems to reaffirm a person’s positive opinions about themselves.
Any designer who has ever sought to divest a client of one of their possessions, whether that be a tawdry piece of art or a beat up old chair or something else has seen first hand that once something belongs to a person, it becomes special and important, at least in their eyes.
Research by Neary and her colleagues has determined that children from 3 to 6 years old are more likely to believe manmade objects are owned by someone than natural objects (such as pine cones).
Researchers noted long ago that men and women differ in ways that they prefer to personalize their environments.
Entries here often discuss the psychological significance of physical possessions.