Research Conversations

Good Behavior, By Design

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.

Kids, School, and Design

Neuroscientists have comprehensively researched how school design can foster positive learning experiences (the sort that not only benefit individual students but also the societies they’re members of) as well as how young people, in general, experience the physical worlds that surround them.   


Stress destroys mental and physical wellbeing.  Research details how design can help keep psychological stressors in check in our workplaces, homes, schools, healthcare facilities, stores, public spaces, and wherever else we may find ourselves, alone or with others.

Designing for Sensory Atypicals

All of our eyes, ears, noses and fingertips don't pull in the same sensory information.  Neuroscience research indicates how design can make it more likely that everyone, whether they are sensory “typicals” or not, can, potentially, achieve their life objectives and have positive life experiences as they do so.

Designing Views of People

Whether we can see ourselves (in mirrors, for example) or other people as we go about our daily lives has a powerful influence on what goes on in our brains.  Neuroscience can inform the design of spaces where our views of humans foster positive social and cognitive outcomes.


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