Research Conversations


Learning is a complicated operation for our brains—design can ease the process, however, whether you're studying at an elementary school or in a corporate learning suite.  Applying what neuroscientists know about how design can support learning makes it a more productive and positive experience—even when recess is not an option.

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Cultures are ways of considering the world and how it functions.  They help organize the thoughts of smaller sets of people, say work teams, and much larger ones, such as entire nations or ethnic groups.  Neuroscience research details how design can recognize, reflect, and respect user group cultures, so  people feel more comfortable and achieve objectives they prize.


Design sends messages about space users, both individuals and groups—and those communiqués have powerful effects on our wellbeing.  When the nonverbal signals transmitted are interpreted positively, they boost welfare.  When that’s not the case, stress results.  Neuroscience research indicates how design’s messages can be used to enhance lives. 

Multiple studies with the potential to enrich design practice have been published during the first quarter of 2021.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Universal issues, design-linked


Distance has consequences

Much relief after much stress

Thorough study, constructive findings

Keeping young minds on-task

Emotion, performance effects

Flexibility, freedom, and comfort

Book Reviews

Design at Work


Change up!  This issue, instead of noting a place that works, we’re going to discuss one whose effect on our wellbeing leaves much to be desired, environmental psychology-wise—the interior of pretty much any commercial passenger aircraft.