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Migliore, Rossi-Lamastra, and Tagliaro studied, via a literature review, gender issues in workplaces. They conclude that “Within the broader context of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) matters, gender issues have attracted ample attention from scholars and policymakers. . . . The reviewed articles document a general convincement [conviction] shared by different scientific fields that the workspace affects women and men differently. The results show that space is a crucial element for enhancing gender equality in the workplace.”
Van Doesumand colleagues studied how signage and trash can location influence at-park littering.
Neuroscientists have carefully investigated how design can encourage us to be on our best behavior and act in ways our societies value. Applying their research makes it more likely we’ll live law-abiding lives, wash our hands, and smile instead of shout at each other.
When people act in ways that their societies consider ethical, all can benefit. Environmental neuroscientists have developed a rich understanding of how design can encourage space and object users to be on their best behavior— and their insights can be applied in practice.
Zhao lead a group that investigated how environments can influence cheating by 5- and 6-year olds.
Meier and his team have confirmed one of the repercussions of being in an area that feels spacious.
Huangfu and team studied links between workplace cleanliness and employee attitudes toward counterproductive work behavior (CWB).
Batra and his colleagues investigated the relationship between tasting spicy food or seeing spicy food and how aggressive people are.
Visual complexity is an important driver of experience. Both too much and too little are bad for our mood and cognitive performance. Neuroscience research reveals how to manage visual complexity, disorder, and clutter.