Dangol and colleagues have comprehensively assessed the color and intensity of lights that workers prefer. Study participants working on office-related tasks “preferred 4000K to 6500 K at a light level of 500 lux and the light level of 500 lux over 300 lux.” At both 4000K and 6500K, LED lighting was generally preferred to fluorescent lighting of the same color and intensity (fluorescent light was preferred at 6500K and 300 lux).
More evidence scents should be "designed-in."
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Humans need territories.
Designing for fun isn't as easy as you might think.
People with ASD or ADHD live better lives when places and objects they use are designed to reflect how they experience their physical world.
What personal factors affect our experience of nature? Tang, Sullivan, and Chang asked study participants to rate “three different types of images of rural forest landscapes in terms of perceived environmental information, including sense of safety, coherence, complexity, legibility, mystery, attentional restorativeness, familiarity, and preference.” The researchers found “that deeper personal connections to nature are associated with greater perceptual evaluations of sense of safety, legibility, myst
Allen and Jones investigated the “home field advantage” for sports teams. They learned that “athletes show a territorial response that is consistent with that shown by nonhuman animals.” For example: “In many nonhuman animal species, an invasion of one’s perceived territory invokes a protective response that is associated with heightened testosterone concentrations and a higher occurrence of overt aggression.”
Gerald Clore recently won the Association for Psychological Science’s William James Fellow Award. In his award address at APS’s 2013 annual meeting in Washington, DC, he reviewed research on how experiences, influence the way we think. Some of the research he discussed is directly relevant to design research and the interpretation of data collected. For example, in one study, people were interviewed about their satisfaction with their lives: “On sunny days . . .
Research by Xu and Labroo links light intensity and decision-making. They determined that we feel both positive and negative emotions more strongly under bright lights, which is consistent with the body of research indicating that higher light levels energize us. A press release related to their study reports that “The next time you want to turn down the emotional intensity before making an important decision, consider dimming the lights first. . . . turning down the light may help you make more rational decisions or even settle negotiations more easily. . . .