Neuroscience and Architecture

Authored by: Eve Edelstein

The Routledge Companion for Architecture Design and Practice

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023154
eBook ISBN: 9781315775869
Adobe ISBN: 9781317688754


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The term “neuroarchitecture” has long been used to denote the brain’s form and function. Increasingly, architects have adopted this term to describe a new field of study that explores how the form of architecture may better serve human function and generate delight. In common with discourse by Vitruvius and the Greek philosophers, the study of neuroarchitecture seeks to expand our understanding of the influence of buildings on the brain, body and behavior. The emergence of new modes of study and research-based design approaches now offer to reconcile the arts and sciences. A large body of neuroscientific research demonstrates how specific physical attributes influence sensory, perceptual, kinetic, emotional, cognitive or behavioral functions. Further, studies reveal that exposure to built settings may change the brain and thereby the experience of architecture itself.

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