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Applied neuroscience in the research of place

Ahmadpoor, Negar


Negar Ahmadpoor


There is a continuous dialogue between the physical environment and the brain's functions. The human constructs the physical environment and subsequently makes physical interventions to it, and this physical environment with its all different attributes affects the way that the human's brain functions. The brain starts receiving the environmental information, through the five senses, upon its first exposure to a physical environment. Accordingly, the way that the brain responds to the received environmental information determines people's environmental emotions, perceptions, and behaviour (see Figure 1). These perceptions and behaviour have long been explored in environmental behaviour and psychology studies. Similarly, neuroscientists have studied the brain's functions and structures in relation to the physical environment. However, spatial designers have paid little attention to the findings of these studies, especially, neuroscientific studies. The spatial design disciplines, namely, architecture, urban design, urban planning, and landscape design, are known as user-centred disciplines. As such, it is important for them to understand how physical environments affect people's brain's functions, cognitions, and environmental behaviour. Gaining such knowledge thereby enables spatial designers to design environments which are more responsive to people's cognitive needs and that can support the brain's functions.


Ahmadpoor, N. (2018). Applied neuroscience in the research of place. Urban Transcripts, 1(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 2, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 5, 2018
Publication Date Jan 5, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 14, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 14, 2018
Journal Urban Transcripts Journal
Print ISSN 2514-5339
Electronic ISSN 2514-5339
Publisher Urban Transcripts
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 4
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