Research Conversations


Many humans have experienced trauma.  Science-based trauma-informed design can elevate their quality-of-life as it enriches the lives of non-traumatized users.

Time passes as people use designed spaces and objects, and places and things continue to exist over time.  Keeping time in mind during the design process promotes better living for all, now and later.

Users who believe they can control their own design-related experiences feel comfortable, their mood and wellbeing are good, their brain works effectively. Neuroscience research details how much control is best and which sorts of options earn top marks.   

32 particularly meaningful and useful studies were published in 2022.

Book Reviews

Multiple forces influence design decisions

PlaceCoach News Briefs

Transparent, translucent, opaque shades


Comparing workplace effects

Sales implications

Positive influences on outcomes

Natural performance enhancers

Design daycare centers for grades later

Better understanding emotion's role

Nurturing wellbeing and engagement

Design at Work


For the last several years, the Politecnico di Milano has been building out new spaces on its campuses; these areas are definitely places where design works to its full potential. 

Open Access Article

Special Focus


It’s great when there’re resources (time, money, and otherwise) to thoroughly deal with all of the sensory issues that might arise in a workplace—but that’s often not the case.  Neuroscience research can guide you to highest priority actions.

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Chen and colleagues evaluated how culture influences responses to stimuli; their findings can likely be extended to experiencing design generally. 

Wang and Chang add to the body of literature linking colors and tastes. 

Naletelich and colleagues studied the different effects of representational and abstract images on consumer thoughts regarding products.