Research Conversations

Sally Augustin

The design of restaurants and other places people dine away from home has a significant effect on how their patrons think and behave—and on what their owners earn.  Design can encourage positive experiences for restaurant customers and managers.  A special focus of this article is designing to promote healthy eating.


Hotels support individuals and the societies in which they live in many different ways.  They are also businesses that need to be profitable to survive.  Neuroscience research lays out how hotel design can optimize the wellbeing and performance of both hotel guests and owners.


Familiar design can be good design, or not.   Neuroscience research indicates when familiar is best and when it’s time to make changes.

Neuroscientists have established how design can encourage people to feel safe in a building.  Applying researchers’ findings to develop “feel-secure” spaces boosts the mental and physical health of individuals, groups, and societies.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Different windows, different outcomes


Suggestibility prevails!

Is at home like onsite?

Using what filmmakers know

Synergizing for best results

Personhood pluses

Moving beyond pretty

Book Reviews

Design at Work


Walking spaces, places where we can perambulate about, inside or outside, can affect our brains as positively as our waistlines—and the mental effects of our strolls linger after we stop walking.