Research Conversations


Our emotional state drives our thoughts and behaviors, and whether we’re in a good mood or not, calm or invigorated, is often especially important if we’re sharing a space with others. Science-informed design can increase the likelihood that groups sharing spaces have positive, constructive emotional experiences. 


What we see as we look around, inside an interior space and to the outdoors from that space, significantly influences the lives we live—and neuroscience research details how and why.


Cognitive scientists have extensively investigated how the physical design of indoor environments can increase our levels of physical activity—which is as good for our brains and how they work as it is for our waistlines.  Rigorously conducted studies indicate that increasing activity is not as straightforward as simply adding a sit-stand desk to an office.

Design can affect how warm or cold we think a space is and neuroscience research indicates that those temperatures, actual or assumed, have a significant effect on our wellbeing, for example. How temperature influences human experience has been extensively studied.   

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Liquids also matter


Even tiny is terrific

Insights for aligning culture and workplace design

Size influences outcomes

Using design to boost welfare

Developing pleasurable spaces for oldsters

Combatting loneliness with heat

Improving the lives of canines' best friends

Book Reviews


Fundamental human - environment links clarified

Design at Work


Being in London’s Design Museum is a mentally refreshing, positive experience.