Research Conversations


Waiting is not the sort of experience humans generally relish, although being in a waiting area is occasionally preferred to whatever is being waited for, such as oral surgery.  Applying neuroscience-based insights can make waiting a better experience for all.


Transitory sensory experiences—such as what a space smells like at a particular time or a fleeting soundscape—have important implications for how users think and behave.  Cognitive science researchers have investigated these effects and designers can share their findings with clients to insure that designed spaces and objects  consistently support planned outcomes.


The color and intensity of light can boost viewers’ emotional, cognitive, and physical wellbeing—or not.   This article discusses tuning indoor light to the “right values”, using insights from cognitive neuroscience.

What have cognitive scientists learned about the emotional and cognitive repercussions of incorporating water into interior spaces?  Plenty! 

PlaceCoach News Briefs


On-street atmosphere, links to design


Developing services that enrich lives

The nuances of standing up

Making a difficult time better for all

Research-based principles to guide design

Front-of-the-line experiences affect perceptions

Experts and nonexperts disagree

Preferences and pristine nature

Book Reviews

Design at Work


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