Thermal Pleasure (12-20-17)

Parkinson and de Dear studied links between temperature and positive environmental experiences.  They report that “the experiments presented in this paper and the prequels in this series point to the importance of context, in the indoor setting and also the bodily state of the occupant, in determining whether a given thermal environmental variation will be” felt to be pleasurable or unpleasant.  Parkinson and de Dear share that “A pragmatic design solution to the . . . individual differences inherent in . . .

Lobbies and Temperatures (08-31-17)

Research by Vargas and her team indicates that lobbies can be useful thermal transition zones.  The team reports that “Maintaining comfort levels while reducing energy demand in buildings in the face of climate change is a key challenge in temperate zones. Creating transitional spaces and thermal variation in buildings may offer a way forward.”  Data were collected in three higher education buildings in the United Kingdom.

Temperature and Decision-Making (08-15-17)

Temperature influences decision-making.  Working with people experiencing temperatures perceived as comfortable, Hadi and her team learned that “cold (warm) temperatures may lead individuals to rely more (less) on emotions when making decisions.”  So, when cold people are more likely to make emotion-based decisions and the reverse is true for those who are warm.  Also, “participants in the affective [emotional] task conditions showed a significant average increase in [perceived] temperature while those individuals in the cognitive condition displayed a significant average decrease in temper


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