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Zack Lynch is author of The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World (St. Martin's Press, July 2009).
He is the founder and executive director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) and co-founder of NeuroInsights. He serves on the advisory boards of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies, Science Progress, and SocialText, a social software company. Please send newsworthy items or feedback - to Zack Lynch.
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March 13, 2003

Buildings that Soothe the Mind

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Why is art such a conspicuous feature of all societies? Why are certain sights and sounds more pleasing than others?  Although most people believe that artistic tastes are entirely dependent on cultural influences, there is a small group of neuroscientists who are searching for more innate reasons. 

Neuroaesthetics is attemping to understand how art and architecture arouse aesthetic experience by starting from the basis of emotional and sensory experience.  The movement is young, but in time may provide some interesting suggestion on how to design more soothing hospitals and intellectually arousing schools.  It's all about the Look and Feel.

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1. L. J. Frank on March 31, 2004 7:24 PM writes...

As an interior designer and chief library administrator I have been involved in a few building projects where spatial design has been utilized as a form of therapy. That is, the design of our buildings shape our emotions, attitudes and energies. For example we have utilized certain forms of interior lighting, colors and materials to channel library user feelings about the space around them. Art, color, plants, and physical design is ultilized in our buildings to arouse interest and also produce a meditative quality as needed. Our experience has shown that we can lessen vandalism, and misuse of public facilities more through design than security related equipment while piquing intellectual curiosity.
I am glad to see that such design interest is increasing.
An an Vedic saying reads; "What you see, you become."


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