Research Design Connections

Babies and Color (06-05-17)

Skelton and her colleagues thoroughly investigated how babies (4 to 6 month olds) experience colors.  They determined that “infants have color categories for red, yellow, green, blue, and purple. We show that infants’ categorical distinctions align strikingly with those that are commonly made in the world’s different color lexicons [systems/dictionaries]. . . .

Courtroom Design Implications (06-02-17)

McKimmie and his colleagues probed how courtroom design influences opinions of defendants.  They report that their “study examined the effect of courtroom design, and more specifically where the defendant was positioned (in an open dock, in an open dock guarded by a correctional officer, in a dock surrounded by glass, or at the bar table) on mock jurors’ perceptions of the defendant. The participants . . .

Nature and Disorder (06-01-17)

Kotabe, Kardan, and Berman studied how the appeal of viewed nature is influenced by the disorder present in it.  They share that “Natural environments have powerful aesthetic appeal linked to their capacity for psychological restoration. In contrast, disorderly environments are aesthetically aversive, and have various detrimental psychological effects.

The Glasshouse

Graduations and weddings are common during May and June in North America, making this a good time to talk about spaces for celebrations.  The barrel-vaulted main function room at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, the Glasshouse, is a space where happy gatherings seem particularly likely to occur.

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WorkplaceSeating

The chairs we sit in and look at influence how we think and behave.  Their design affects our physical, emotional, and cognitive wellbeing and when we decide to work or otherwise live without them, that decision has important implications.   
 

NewZealandSign

Traveling from place to place can be a physical and mental challenge.  Researchers have learned a lot about how architecture, interior design, and signage can help us keep moving toward our intended destinations, stress free (relatively). 
 

BostonFountain

The design of spaces and objects affect acoustic experiences. Scientists have carefully investigated how the sounds we hear influence the professional, social, and cultural lives we live, and the insights they’ve gathered should inform the design of situation-effective soundscapes.  
 

How air temperature influences humans psychologically has been extensively studied.  

PlaceCoach News Briefs

AmsterdamMuseum

Go big and high or small and low
 

ChicagoTowers

Choice depends on professional training

Guide to making the case for green offices

The last place can be a good place

Seat cushions and thinking, linked again

National culture affects room design desires

Gaze direction in portraits key

Design at Work

TheGlasshouse

A space that makes happy memories more likely.