Research Conversations


We’re firmly established in the hybrid era.  What does the neuroscience research say about designing meeting areas that work—for users (onsite and remote) and the organizations that host gatherings—now?


We all need to move beyond worldly concerns sometimes.   Neuroscience research can enlighten the design of positive, uplifting, and inspiring places where our minds can break free of their everyday thoughts.

When humans don’t sleep well their mental and physical wellbeing evaporates and their cognitive performance falls.  Design can make it easier for humans to drift gently off into healthy sleep—and to stay asleep—whether they’re at home, at a hotel, in a hospital bed, or trying to take a nap break at work.

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) met in Mexico City in 2024.  Several potentially applicable sets of research findings were presented.

Book Reviews

PlaceCoach News Briefs


Biophilic design, performance, and wellbeing

Using science to keep the peace

Flexibility promotes positive outcomes

More activity, better life

Perceptions prevail, again

Guiding people toward goodness

Improving information processing

Vegetation, building density, and stress

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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Gomez-Sirvent and teammates’ research confirms the value of nearby windows to spaces outside a structure, with this team particularly probing their presence in music practice spaces.

Fleming and teammates confirm the benefits of seeing nature. 

Iamtrakul and Chayphong link urban design to human activity levels.