People and Space

Incredibly fascinating article – The way architecture and rooms affect mood and creativity. It comprises a article from Scientific American Mind from about a year ago, along with some comment from the website.

The report discusses a handful of scientific studies on the effects that a room’s measurements, contents and layout have of those within them about the mood, behavior, emotions and imagination. These are findings of worth to institutions ranging to churches and organisations. Providing an environment that enhances a appropriate mood and optimises people’s headspaces for events and the activities .

Let’s take a Fast look at some of the findings:

  • Greater ceilings promote abstract notion, while lower ceilings encourage detail oriented believing
  • Views of greenery and nature increase focus and concentration. This was seen in things like better academic outcomes, and far better behaviour amongst children with ADHD
  • The body feeling mild (in brightness, and also particular waveforms) in the correct times daily, helps better regulate sleep/awakeness and gives more energy.
  • Intelligent light enhances cognitive thought, but dimmer light encourages relaxation and openness.
  • An area where the contents have soft or rounded edges is more relaxing than those with similar things with sharp or hard edges.
  • Carpet over concrete flooring can increase social activity.

All of these discoveries have been made in the ever-growing area of psychology. It is well worth keeping an eye on, and possibly keeping in mind with your next job.