How Spaces Affect Us Neurologically

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Why exactly do we feel comfortable in some places, but not in others? How can this impact our activity or our learning capacities in a particular space? This article from Pacific Standard Magazine asks another question, “Could neuroscientists be the next great architects?” Called, Corridors of the Mind and written last month by Emily Badger, it presents some fascinating information about how our brains react to physical spaces:


Now, I’m no neuroscientist, but I have designed and furnished my architectural studio in a way that makes me comfortable, creative and productive, and I love being there. Most students aren’t so lucky, and spend large portions of their young lives in classrooms that are too homogenous and that don’t support their specific needs. Think about the places where you have been the happiest and most productive. What qualities make your brain comfortable and receptive?

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