Research Conversations


Cognitive wellbeing optimizes mental performance at a particular moment and also over time.  It not only promotes individual achievement and happiness, but accomplishment and pleasure for groups, organizations, and societies.  Neuroscientists have learned a great deal about how design can support cognitive wellbeing.


During the last year, cognitive scientists published many studies that can be immediately applied in practice—to improve the performance of workers and the organizations that employ them. 


Organizational and national culture are increasingly mentioned as "good to consider" during the design process, but few practitioners understand how design should recognize, reflect, and respect cultures.  Scientists, however, have developed an extensive network of insights that can be applied in practice to ensure positive, culture-aware design that optimizes user experiences.   

Neuroscience research has shown that environmentally responsible design enhances the cognitive performance and wellbeing of the people who experience it.

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Life at home evolves

Casual office seating

Driving use, via form

Complex concepts, clear insights

Sky matters, and so do window boxes . . . 

Brief views, important consequences

Leisure environments not best for concentration

Satisfaction increases with workplace options

Long lasting psychological benefits identified

Book Reviews


Material that can be used to develop site-specific solutions to thorny problems

Design at Work


Greeley Square Park in Manhattan makes visitors feel comfortable, mentally and physically.