Research Conversations


When design supports the development and maintenance of communities it can elevate the physical and psychological wellbeing of both individuals and the groups they choose to form.  Neuroscience indicates how space and object design can bolster communities.


What does neuroscience have to say about the information that designers need before they begin a project? Plenty.  It establishes topics that must be addressed as design solutions are developed.


Views across indoor spaces and from one area inside to another have a powerful influence on how we think and on how we behave.  Neuroscience research findings streamline the process of creating compelling, useful, design-goal-achieving sightlines.

Findings presented during several sessions at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture’s (ANFA’s) 2023 conference can potentially be applied in practice. 

Book Reviews

PlaceCoach News Briefs

Place, person matches and misses


Grounding => Succeeding 

Seeing all, seeing better

Aligning goals and situations

Tuning in best results

Moving for new ideas

Stress, performance effects

Curved or angular affects sales

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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CADRE, HKS, and Uplift Education have written a guide to designing learning environments that support social and emotional learning, which is available free of charge.

Gracheva and Groen review the implications of onsite and external coworking sites for large office-based organizations. 

Song, Kowalewski, and Friedman studied human beings’ preference for musical harmony.