Research Conversations


Five space-in-use certainties have big effects on responses to design.  Design-relevant neuroscience research on each needs to be top-of-mind as design alternatives are developed and evaluated. 


Neuroscience research indicates that social factors, such as culture(s) and languages spoken, make some design outcomes much more likely than others. Culture(s) and languages also influence design-related expectations and experiences.

Neuroscientists have determined why some places feel homey and others don’t as well as when, where, and why homelike spaces should be developed.  These lessons from neuroscience are relevant when homes, workplaces, hotels, and an assortment of other locations are being designed. 

When we don’t have access to private spaces when we need them we’re stressed—and as our stress levels build our moods deteriorate; our wellbeing, quality-of-life, and professional performance fall; and we become unpleasant companions. Neuroscience sheds light on winning private experiences.  

Book Reviews

Managing the challenges and opportunities of cultural diversity

PlaceCoach News Briefs

Increasing at-home happiness

Just right? It depends.

Multisensory experiences evaluated

More nature, less psychosis

Design at Work

A place where you feel nostalgic can be a place that’s good for your mental performance and for your soul.

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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Lucius and Damberg studied creativity in workplaces and elsewhere via a survey. 

Yang and associates studied responses to urban spaces. 

You and colleagues evaluated the experiences of young adults in classrooms with biophilic elements.