Evidence continues to grow indicating that people who are depressed have different visual experiences than those who are not. Meuwese found that when “After viewing a stressful video, participants were randomly allocated to one of two conditions, in which they watched a video of a walk in either (1) natural, or (2) built surroundings. . . . In both experiments, participants with more (rather than less) depressive symptoms displayed more stress reduction after viewing nature rather than built settings. . . . People with more depressive symptoms benefited more from viewing nature. . .
Neuroscience research details how design can support positive life experiences for people with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder, long lasting anxiety, neuroticism, depression, and other psychological challenges.
Design can support positive experiences for people living with ASD, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, neuroticism, depression, and other psychological challenges. Recognizing design-experience links is becoming particularly important as more diverse groups of people live and work together.
Many users of designed spaces and objects have sensory or psychological challenges that complicate their experiences in the physical world. These people might be visually impaired, deaf, depressed, or have ADHD or ASD, for example. Cognitive scientists have learned a great deal about how design can encourage positive life experiences for these individuals.
Whitby links environmental design and positive experiences for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
Data collected via a smartphone app confirms that there are psychological benefits to nearby nature.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs reports that it has linked architectural/interior design consistent with the recommendations embedded in its Mental Health Environment of Care Checklist to fewer suicides by inpatients in its mental health units.
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Psychological challenges, such as autism, ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia complicate the lives of people with these conditions. Design can make it more likely that they achieve their life objectives.
Researchers have learned that feeling sad influences the way some colors are seen.