Research Conversations


Feeling in control of our environment is good for our cognitive and physical health and welfare.  Positive design choices can supply comfortable amounts of control—and research details which options “work” best.   


The neuroscience research is clear—environmentally responsible design is good for more than just our planet's future.  It has desirable effects on our mental state today. This article summarizes neuroscientists’ findings on “living green.”


Design elements, such as color and texture, can be used to alter the apparent size and weight of places and objects.  Neuroscientists have thoroughly researched how we can right-size our world. 

The textures that we feel with our fingertips, feet, or other parts of our bodies influence what goes on in our heads and actions that we take.  Key cognitive science-based research findings related to our tactile experiences are reported here.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Links to reduced tension among people waiting


Effects on employee bonds matter

Aesthetic evaluations influenced

Opinions of others affected

Men/Women different

Brain performance affected by amount

Different times, different opinions

Book Reviews


Important, useful insights for design

Design at Work


The Espaces Multimedia are teeny-tiny islands of mental health restoring Zen in the midst of one of the world’s largest airports.