Research Conversations


Whether we can see ourselves (in mirrors, for example) or other people as we go about our daily lives has a powerful influence on what goes on in our brains.  Neuroscience can inform the design of spaces where our views of humans foster positive social and cognitive outcomes.


Walking is as good for our minds as our waistlines. Neuroscience research makes it clear that, whether we’re inside or outdoors, walking can help us think more clearly, creatively, and productively, for example, all while we burn calories.  Studies have also determined how design can encourage people to walk through their worlds.

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Neuroscience research details how design can support positive life experiences for people with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder, long lasting anxiety, neuroticism, depression, and other psychological challenges.   

Applying neuroscience-based insights can make waiting a better experience for all.   Highlights of practical cognitive science studies applicable to the design of spaces where people will wait are shared here.

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Effects on job satisfaction


Wood use implications reported

Home insights for onsite

Reasons for options

Increasing collaboration and improving care

Real world assessments!

Portrait? Landscape?

Working better, with peppermint

Design at Work

Volkshotel Lobby

The lobby of the Volkshotel in Amsterdam has a lot going for it from an environmental psychology perspective.  Being in the space is good for visitors’ mood and wellbeing, as well as their professional performance.