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Neuroscience research explains how design can meaningfully encourage sales at both physical and virtual sites while elevating the quality of retail experiences.


Sometimes design needs to make sure practical tasks are performed efficiently and effectively. Neuroscience findings can help with the design of spaces and objects that achieve very concrete objectives—in copy and mail rooms, laundry areas, kitchens, etc. 


Transitioning from one area to another is often an afterthought, something that just happens and is hardly planned. Neuroscientists have investigated many space switching-related topics, and applying their findings can generate noteworthy results.   

Information streams must be skillfully interwoven to develop design solutions.  Some of what must be known is difficult to learn, but neuroscience-informed design can’t move forward without it. What are the 5 most challenging bits of data for designers to gather? How can they begin to collect them?

Book Reviews

Tools for designing very, very special places

PlaceCoach News Briefs


What's best where

Cuing more and less sitting

Complex topic, clear protocols

Building long-term links

Physiological measures of what matters

Adding nuances to knowledge

Ways of thinking influence scents smelled

Effects on mindset positive

Design at Work

People feel comfortable, their minds and bodies flourish, when the design of spaces that are meaningful to them, such as their home and their workplace, is in harmony with their personality. 

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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Ramantswana and colleagues evaluated user perceptions of open plan offices. 

Research by Szewranski, Mrowczynska, and van Hoof confirms the value of biophilic design.

Romano and associates investigated links between feeling awed and mentally refreshed.