Research Conversations


What we feel on our skin influences what goes on inside our heads. Neuroscientists have learned how tactile experiences can be managed to encourage particular design-related outcomes.


Neuroscience has identified the fundamental drives that propel us through our lives:  to be capable, in control, and connected to others. Design research details how spaces and objects can help guide us toward achieving our most basic, but important, goals.


Design affects the apparent size of places.  Cognitive science research indicates how it can make them feel suitably spacious.

When people act in ways that their societies consider ethical, all can benefit. Environmental neuroscientists have developed a rich understanding of how design can encourage space and object users to be on their best behavior— and their insights can be applied in practice.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Sort of seat significant 


Preference and mood align

Options presented and choices made

Moving beyond the eye of the beholder

Many universal, some local

Implications of technologies compared

Neurophysiological responses to interior environments

Corridor length, turns, and more relevant

Book Reviews

Design at Work

Volkshotel Lobby

The lobby of the Volkshotel in Amsterdam has a lot going for it from an environmental psychology perspective.  Being in the space is good for visitors’ mood and wellbeing, as well as their professional performance.