Links to temperatures and sales
Parsons reviews current research on thermal comfort; material that can be usefully applied in a variety of environments, from offices to public spaces, indoors and outside. This text is useful to practitioners, from architects to ergonomists, and includes a model linking thermal conditions and human performance.
Ken Parsons. 2020. Human Thermal Comfort. Taylor & Francis; Boca Raton, FL.
Multiple factors temper impressions
Fay and Maner studied links between physical and social warmth. They found that “Laboratory studies have linked variability in temperature to the psychology of social affiliation. In colder ambient environments, for example, people report greater loneliness, and they pursue both physical warmth and social affiliation (i.e., social warmth). Here, a field experiment tested whether tactile warmth [basically, touching something warm] eliminates the effect of colder ambient temperatures on desires for social affiliation.
Research by Jin, Jin, and Kang confirms that there are complex interrelationships between our sensory experiences. The trio probed how hearing various sounds at different volumes influences perceived environmental temperatures. They determined via a lab-based study that “acoustic evaluations were significantly higher for birdsong and slow-dance music than for dog barking, conversation, and traffic sound. . . .
Thermostat settings to set
Neuroscience indicates that our thoughts and behaviors are meaningfully affected by the properties of the air that we breathe. In this article, we’ll review how scents, ventilation, temperature, and humidity influence human lives.
Spence investigated how temperature is linked to the experience of other sensory stimuli.
Warmer is not better
Nakano and Tanabe studied reactions to air temperature in urban semi-outdoor environments, such as atria, terraces, and sidewalk eating areas.