Researchers asked people to identify what settings they favored for restoration, the preferred social context, and how a limited time budget affected restoration experiences. Another study investigated how being with others affected restorative experiences.
Support Mental Restoration/Ease Stress
Several recently published reviews that examine the research literature provide information about the appropriate design of health care environments. Taken together, they are a useful and up-to-date starting point on approaching this research.
A classic article on the environmental effects of noise found that noise levels typical of open offices increases stress.
When positive distractions are introduced into the work environments at long-term care facilities, workers perceive that their physical work environments have been improved.
Evidence has shown that ergonomic interventions can decrease worker discomfort, but can they increase productivity? Are ergonomic guidelines being ignored in schools?
Juanita Dugdale addresses the current discussion about whether labyrinths can promote psychological and physical healing.
Research is still critical to understanding how the environment can help support those with dementia and their families. Recent studies look at several sucessful indoor design interventions and provide outdoor design guidelines.
The physical features of the indoor work environment are closely linked to human behaviors such as creativity, teamwork, and leadership.
Recent research again indicates that aquariums have a positive influence on human experience.
Stress increases in toddlers at day care centers when inadequate space is available per child.