Research Conversations


Neuroscience-informed workplace design increases the likelihood that users are happy, healthy, wealthy (at least in spirit) and wise. Offices where quality-of-life and performance are compromised predictably slip away from what’s advantageous because they ignore one (or more) of ten science-based workplace design rules.


Spaces to gather are fundamental to our “humanness;” we are a social species.  Neuroscience research specifies how the design of our shared public spaces can support desired, positive experiences and discourage unwelcome ones.  After a general review of public space design this article focuses on museum design.


Wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, most of us are pulling acoustical information into our brains via our ears.  Neuroscience research makes it clear that our responses to what we hear are not only complex and sometimes unexpected but also have important effects on our physical and psychological wellbeing, cognitive performance, and emotional state.  

Information processed through multiple sensory channels is integrated to determine if somewhere or something seems clean, or not. Cognitive scientists have learned what sorts of experiences lead us to sense “cleanliness” and the effects of perceived cleanliness on how we think and behave.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Elevating positives


Key environmental issues identified

Multiple factors evaluated

Measuring sensations of safety

Moving people, literally, with light

Boosting performance and satisfaction

A complex relationship, explained

Vertical beats horizontal

Book Reviews

Design at Work


Convene’s 131 South Dearborn Street location in Chicago has a lot going for it from an environmental psych perspective.  Its design increases the likelihood that people in the space will feel good and work to their full potential.