Research Conversations


Biophilic design is much more than adding a few potted plants to a space and opening the blinds.  Designers familiar with the neuroscience research supporting biophilic design have access to tools for developing experiences that elevate mental and physical wellbeing and performance.   


Neuroscientists have a nuanced understanding of how humans experience different surface colors. Neuroscience-informed color selections make achieving design objectives more likely, enriching human physical and mental health, wellbeing, and cognitive performance.


The human-generated light that designers choose for spaces has a significant effect on what goes on in our minds and in our bodies.  Neuroscience research indicates how to best tune the type of artificial light we experience, that light’s color, intensity, placement, and distribution.

The languages that we speak affect how we experience the world around us, physical and virtual, as well as our expectations about designed spaces and objects.  Applying language-related neuroscience research can improve lives.

Book Reviews

Intriguing reading, whatever your professional background

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Theology, design connections


Too many people or too little space?

Stereotypes' powerful effects

When, what, how

Collect more useful data

 Thinking better, burning calories

Ties to evaluations and interpretations

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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Lopez and associates confirm previous findings indicating that visual cues have a meaningful effect on what we eat. 

Erica Hepper and many teammates studied the implications of feeling nostalgic; aspects of the environment can trigger nostalgia.  

Keating and team studied the effects of virtual work on what are known as “negative work behavior” (NWB).