Research Conversations


The COVID-19 pandemic challenged the workplace design world.  Neuroscience research details, however, how the design of the places where people work, onsite, at home, or somewhere else, can make it much, much more likely that users perform to their full potential.


Neuroscience research links what we smell to how we think and behave.  Effects are robust, long-lasting, and present even when scent concentrations are so “light” that people are not consciously aware odors are present.


What sorts of design features encourage people to go outdoors and walk around their neighborhoods, towns and cities?  Neuroscience research supplies answers to that question while also making it clear that walking can help us think more clearly, creatively, and productively, all as we burn calories.  

Many studies published in the last year can be immediately applied in practice to develop design solutions that achieve—and surpass—their objectives. 25 of the most noteworthy sets of findings are reviewed here.

PlaceCoach News Briefs

Semi-transparent wall

Designing in responses to users


Selling in flagship stores and pop-ups

Keeping stressed people "on track"

Information to guide selections

New insights and tools

Scale matters

Encouraging healthy choices

Preparing for challenging situations

Book Reviews

Design at Work


The Madejski Garden/Courtyard of the Victoria and Albert museum is a revitalizing refuge in the middle of London, a haven where both Londoners and visitors can restock their mental energy.