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The potential of positive places: senses, brain and spaces

Barrett, PS and Barrett, LC 2010, 'The potential of positive places: senses, brain and spaces' , Intelligent Buildings International, 2 (3) , pp. 218-228.

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    There is an enormous amount of intricate research available on specific aspects of building performance in relation to users. However, there is currently no framework for designers to bring together these diverse findings. As a result, a significant opportunity is being missed to support radically more positive outcomes for the occupants of buildings. To help address this gap, this article proposes a framework that captures the essence of an individual's holistic experience of spaces, created by the combined impacts received through their senses and mediated by their brain. The early sections illustrate the complex and dynamic ways in which humans receive information about their surroundings through their senses, with profound, but fragile and interactive effects on human health, mood and performance. This is strategically framed using neuroscience theories about the way the human brain makes calculations to link perceptions to actions. This leads to the proposition that design should take into account issues of naturalness, individualization and level of stimulation. It is further suggested that a multidisciplinary, multi-level research approach is needed to support the creation of spaces that provide people with sensory environments that help them reach, or sustain, their fullest possible potential.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Brain, design, human performance, neuroscience, senses, spaces, value
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Journal or Publication Title: Intelligent Buildings International
    Publisher: Earthscan
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1750-8975
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    Depositing User: PS Barrett
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 12:40
    Last Modified: 30 May 2014 16:24

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