Wearing formal clothing has cognitive implications. Space design, among other factors, can support wearing formal clothing. Sieplan and his crew found that “wearing formal clothing enhances abstract cognitive processing. . . . The findings demonstrate that the nature of an everyday and ecologically valid experience, the clothing worn, influences cognition broadly, impacting the processing style that changes how objects, people, and events are construed.”
People with varying abilities to block out distracting sensory information excel at different sorts of creative tasks. Zabelina and her colleagues have found that “leaky sensory gating may help people integrate ideas that are outside of focus of attention, leading to creativity in the real world; whereas divergent thinking, measured by divergent thinking tests . . .
For many years, scientists have been investigating what elements of a space help us restock our levels of mental energy after we’ve depleted them doing knowledge work and other activities that require mental focus.
Creating boundaries, to succeed
Bernstein has studied transparency and boundaries, some of which have physical form and some of which don’t. He has determined that “Some organizations . . .
Uses for workplace refuges
Environmental psychologists have been saying for years that too much transparency (literally) in workplaces and elsewhere can create difficult situations. Ethan Bernstein, a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at Harvard, has reached similar conclusions after synthesizing many years of research done by himself and others. He describes the transparency paradox: “For all that transparency does to drive out wasteful practices and promote collaboration and shared learning, too much of it can trigger distortions of fact and counterproductive inhibitions.
Environmental energy levels and planned activities align for successful design.
A new study links mood and creativity; it is relevant to designers’ work because design can influence emotional state.
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