Framework for Reaction to Place

Online and Physical Privacy Linked (04-30-21)

Anyone who’s puzzled over similarities and differences between online and physical privacy issues will be intrigued by research done by Shariff and colleagues.  This team reports that “Although people report grave concern over their data privacy, they take little care to protect it. We suggest that this privacy paradox can be understood in part as the consequence of an evolutionary mismatch: Privacy intuitions evolved in an environment that was radically different from the one found online.

Images and Student Opinions (04-29-21)

Devlin and colleagues evaluated how classroom images seen by prospective college students influence their opinions of colleges and universities.  Their findings are likely applicable both in this context and others. The Devlin-lead team found that when “participants read a scenario about a college too far away to visit and viewed a website picture of a seminar room (unrenovated or renovated) before responding to measures of classroom satisfaction and college academic life more broadly (e.g., student retention).. . . . Classroom status . . .

Culture(s) and Design

Cultures are ways of considering the world and how it functions.  They help organize the thoughts of smaller sets of people, say work teams, and much larger ones, such as entire nations or ethnic groups.  Neuroscience research details how design can recognize, reflect, and respect user group cultures, so  people feel more comfortable and achieve objectives they prize.

Design Dialogues

Design sends messages about space users, both individuals and groups—and those communiqués have powerful effects on our wellbeing.  When the nonverbal signals transmitted are interpreted positively, they boost welfare.  When that’s not the case, stress results.  Neuroscience research indicates how design’s messages can be used to enhance lives. 

Data Mining IEQ Information (04-19-21)

Chinazzo analyzed data collected from online job reviews for large organizations posted on Glassdoor to learn more about indoor environmental quality and its repercussions.   Analyses revealed that “(1) IEQ complaints mostly arise in workplaces that are not office buildings, especially regarding poor thermal and indoor air quality conditions in warehouses, stores, kitchens, and trucks; (2) reviews containing IEQ complaints are more negative than reviews without IEQ complaints. The first result highlights the need for IEQ investigations beyond office buildings.

Identifying Luxury (04-15-21)

Ozboluk’s research findings are useful to anyone creating luxury experiences via design, at hotels, restaurants, or somewhere else.  The investigator reports that “this paper investigates the nature of luxury within access-based consumption in the context of consumers’ accommodation experiences. A qualitative approach is adopted to uncover the circumstances that constitute luxury for consumers who use Airbnb Plus. The study found that luxury manifests itself in search of uniqueness and freedom. . . .  consumers are seeking more immaterial forms of luxury in their vacations.”

New Research on Red (04-14-21)

Bazley, Cronqvist, and Mormann’s recent research provides additional evidence that the color red should be used cautiously.  The investigators report in an article published in Management Science“thatusing the color red to represent financial data influences individuals’ risk preferences, expectations of future stock returns and trading decisions. The effects are not present in people who are colorblind, and they’re muted in China, where red represents prosperity. Other colors do not generate the same outcomes. . .


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