Architecture and the Mind

There was an interesting little piece in The New York Times a few days ago about how architects are increasingly relying upon findings in cognitive neuroscience as they develop their designs. At least, that’s what it claimed to be about. The story begins:

“A revolution in cognitive neuroscience is changing the kinds of experiments that scientists conduct, the kinds of questions economists ask and, increasingly, the ways that architects, landscape architects and urban designers shape our built environment.”

The story presents some intriguing architectural examples, though the piece itself is long on ideas and short on actual science. But fear not, data seekers! I wrote a feature for Scientific American Mind a few years back about this very topic. It covers findings on how our bodies and brains are affected by building layout, outdoor views, room color and lots more. Read it online at Scientific American Mind [behind a paywall] or download a PDF here.

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