Research Conversations


Neuroscientists have comprehensively researched how school design can foster positive learning experiences (the sort that not only benefit individual students but also the societies they’re members of) as well as how young people, in general, experience the physical worlds that surround them.   

Airplane Lighting

Cognitive scientists have investigated a number of factors relevant to the design of transit vehicles and the hubs at which journeys begin, end, or continue.  This article reviews research related to the design of plane, train, automobile, bus . . . and spacecraft interiors as well as studies applicable to the development of transit stations.


Stress destroys mental and physical wellbeing.  Research details how design can help keep psychological stressors in check in our workplaces, homes, schools, healthcare facilities, stores, public spaces, and wherever else we may find ourselves, alone or with others.

All of our eyes, ears, noses and fingertips don't pull in the same sensory information.  Neuroscience research indicates how design can make it more likely that everyone, whether they are sensory “typicals” or not, can, potentially, achieve their life objectives and have positive life experiences as they do so.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Performance improves in healthier spaces


Seeing and communicating linked

Curbing triggers

Curvillinearity, rectillinearity matter

Body-Brain tie probed

Confirming urban parks' value

Effects on performance and alertness

Pushing and pulling to a new home

Book Reviews


Developing the acoustical power of spaces

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.