Research Conversations


When we feel “at home” (wherever we actually are) we’re profoundly comfortable, in a way that boosts our cognitive performance and our mental wellbeing.  Neuroscientists have thoroughly investigated why some places feel homey and others don’t as well as when, where, and why homelike spaces should be developed.  



Transcendent experiences, whether rooted in a religion or a practice such as meditation, can drive individual and group wellbeing.  Neuroscience research can be applied to develop positive, uplifting, and inspiring settings.


Being active indoors is as good for our minds as it is for our waistlines. It can help us think more clearly, creatively, and productively, for example, all while we burn calories.  Neuroscientists have determined how design can spur people to be physically active inside.

Neuroscientists have studied how design can encourage people to trust each other. Their findings can be applied when all sorts of spaces and objects are being developed. 

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Place-tools to support creativity


Sights, sounds, and outcomes

Learning from pandemic experiences

Developing welcoming spaces for all users

Is rectilinear or curvilinear best?

Countering workplace burnout

"Balancing" experiences

Planning for health, wellbeing, and performance

Design at Work


Being in a museum is good for our brains for an assortment of reasons, some more, some less, predictable.