Researchers at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center have found that exposing people to reddish light during the “post-lunch dip” can be advantageous. The “dip” is generally from 2 to 4 in the afternoon or 16-18 hours after bedtime the previous night. Mariana Figueiro and Levent Sahin conducted a study whose “results suggest that red light positively affects measures of alertness not only at night, but also during the day . . .
Miller-Cochran and Gierdowski have learned that flexible classroom design cost-effectively supports composition (writing) classes. More specifically, when students are using their own laptop computers during class “in a flexible classroom, which included mobile furnishings, mobile whiteboards, and multiple LCD screens for projection . . . .
Researchers at Durham University explored the learning repercussions of multi—touch, multi-user desks. Their findings, derived “from a 3-year project working with over 400 pupils, mostly 8-10 year olds, show that collaborative learning increases both fluency and flexibility in maths. It also shows that using an interactive ‘smart’ desk can have benefits over doing mathematics on paper. Using multi-touch desks in the new classroom, the children were able to work together in new ways to solve and answer questions and problems using inventive solutions.
New studies in school design research are particularly applicable as teachers adapt more active forms of learning.
Maxwell and Schectman comprehensively evaluated student perceptions of school building quality and the educational repercussions of those assessments.
Can artificial light help students learn? Do professors prefer open-plan offices?
Research presented by Chris Pawson, Sarah Doherty, Laura Martin, Ruth Soares, Caroline Edmonds, and Mark Gardner on April 18 at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference indicates that human cognitive performance is influenced by hydration.
Appropriate school design has a significant influence on learning and the satisfaction of teachers and students with educational environments.
Singh and colleagues reviewed the existing research on adolescent physical activity and academic performance.
Novotney reviews recent research on the psychological experience of noise.