Research Conversations


People at workplaces can belong to multiple groups—they may be members of different national or organizational cultures or have a sensory challenge (for example, with hearing) or ADHD, for instance.  Cognitive science research indicates how design can make it more likely that all user groups work to their full potential.


Neuroscientists have identified core human motivations and determined how people make decisions. Good design, design that boosts physical and mental wellbeing, is informed by knowledge of the fundamental forces influencing how users think and behave.  


Science-informed visual art selection, placement, and labeling can enrich wellbeing via its effects on neuro-processes tied to mood, cognitive performance, and other important aspects of human lives.  Brain-based research supports financial arguments for adding art to environments.

Crucial-to-know healthcare design studies from the first six months of 2019 address many topics, from designing for patient and family engagement in the therapeutic process and clinician teamwork, to supporting healing and health via the design of waiting rooms, primary care clinics, patient rooms, prenatal care offices, and emergency departments.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Formal elements drive outcomes


Reducing the risk of visual stress

Adhering to guidelines no guarantee of higher satisfaction

Managing background noise also vital

Luxury goods sales influenced

New factors identified

The neuroanatomy of place experiences

User wellbeing linked to messages sent 

Book Reviews


Urban planning for social effects

Design at Work


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