Research Conversations


Neuroscience research details how design influences user quality-of-life; not all design aligns with those research findings.  The most common and meaningful of these wellbeing-, mood-, and performance-related misalignments observed in the real world are reviewed, along with the info needed to overhaul undesirable situations.

There is lots of practical neuroscience research related to the design of wellbeing-enhancing plane, train, automobile, bus . . . and spacecraft interiors as well as numerous studies applicable to the design of transit stations where journeys pleasantly begin, end, or continue.


Neuroscientists have identified powerful links between seeing or hearing gently flowing water and space users living their best lives.  Researchers have also discovered the most psychologically desirable sorts of water features to experience indoors or to see outdoors through a window.

Humans have a special place in their hearts for shiny surfaces; we generally like when they’re used.  Neuroscience indicates why and how to best work glossy elements into spaces and onto objects.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Handy, adaptable spaces


. . . and boosting purchases

Best ways to use LEDs

Supporting wellbeing AND change

Location matters

Tuning places to users

Who talks, where

Book Reviews


Using animate and inanimate resources strategically, and well

Design at Work


Walking spaces, places where we can perambulate about, inside or outside, can affect our brains as positively as our waistlines—and the mental effects of our strolls linger after we stop walking.