Research Conversations


Design can support positive experiences for people living with ASD, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, neuroticism, depression, and other psychological challenges.  Recognizing design-experience links is becoming particularly important as more diverse groups of people live and work together.


The sensory information that we see and hear is often presented to our eyes and ears in patterns.  The effects of visual and acoustic patterns on how we think and behave have been thoroughly investigated by neuroscientists.  


Homelike spaces and neighborhoods, whether they’re in workplaces, residential areas, or elsewhere, can optimize mental and physical wellbeing as well as professional and financial performance.  Why do some places feel homelike and neighborly but not others?  Cognitive scientists have thoroughly investigated the answer to that question.  

Research findings detail how design can encourage people to be more active and energized - via sensory experiences, floor plans, and furniture, for example.    

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Improving experiences in difficult circumstances


Generating social, economic, environmental, and health-related value

Three factors with key effects on behavior

More findings indicating the value of environmental control

Interrelated experiences identified

Nuanced, sophisticated ways to manage light

Clutter, stress, and performance, linked

Soundscaping that enhances cognitive performance

Book Reviews


Options to improve society-wide wellbeing

Design at Work


Being in the recently completed subterranean sections of the Amos Rex Museum is enchanting.  “Enchanting” is an often used word, but in this case, it is the only appropriate term. The below ground areas cast a spell on visitors that lifts their hearts and heads for many moons.