Research Conversations


Design influences the sounds that surround us in profound ways.  Neuroscience research shows how design, and resulting acoustic experiences, information we pull into our brains via our ears, can boost mood, wellbeing (physical and psychological), and how well our brains do their jobs.


When a user believes they can control their design-based experiences, they feel comfortable, their mood and wellbeing are good, and their brain works effectively—both their mental and physical performance shine bright. Positive design choices can supply comfortable control—and neuroscience research details which options to offer.


Recent articles in the popular press have focused on how ventilation influences the spread of disease.  Neuroscience research makes it clear, however, that ventilation also has a significant influence on human thoughts and behaviors.  

For decades, neuroscientists have been working on solving the wicked problem of how to best design settings for collaboration/meetings.  The dozen most crucial (and practical) things they’ve learned are discussed here.  Many neuroscience findings are relevant during either physical or virtual sessions.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


More on how (and why) to awe 


Another good reason to de-clutter

A frank SWOT assessment

Key effects of light intensity

Perceptions prevail

Four sorts of energy affected

Implications vary by group

Music, exercise, and thinking hard

Book Reviews


Useful, research-based alternatives for challenging situations

Design at Work


Change up!  This issue, instead of noting a place that works, we’re going to discuss one whose effect on our wellbeing leaves much to be desired, environmental psychology-wise—the interior of pretty much any commercial passenger aircraft.