Research Conversations


Design that empowers psychological resilience supports human wellbeing and performance.   Research in the cognitive and social sciences indicates how design can facilitate the process of adapting successfully after stressful experiences.


Integrating neuroscience research findings reveals that design-related experiences are processed through five different channels and evaluated using five criteria.  When our brains are finished with all of that processing and evaluating, the assessments of our experiences generated have repercussions for our wellbeing. 


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Neuroscientists have extensively studied how workplace design can optimize both user performance and quality-of-life.  A careful review of their research shows that there are 22 key issues to keep top-of-mind during the workplace design and management process.

Physical design can influence how things taste, literally.  Cognitive science research has tied particular sights and sounds, for example, to whether a food taste good, or not.  Research linking design elements and taste can be useful to all sorts of people, from those developing restaurants and packaging, to anyone who wants to bake a cake for a friend that the recipient thinks is delicious.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Curvy seems both better and shorter


Design elements that make a difference

Designing in needed support

An opportunity to enhance experience

Practical tool to resolve important issues

Benefits quantified

Book Reviews


Designing sustainably and for wellbeing, linked

Design at Work


The Great Court of the British Museum in London is a magical place, one that embodies many aspects of biophilic design.