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Buildings, Brains and Behaviour

Techau, David, Owen, Ceridwen, Paton, Douglas and Fay, Roger (2016). Buildings, Brains and Behaviour. World Health Design,29(Jan 2016):24-37.

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IRMA ID 84377429xPUB102
Title Buildings, Brains and Behaviour
Author Techau, David
Owen, Ceridwen
Paton, Douglas
Fay, Roger
Journal Name World Health Design
Publication Date 2016
Volume Number 29
Issue Number Jan 2016
ISSN 1654-9694   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 24
End Page 37
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Sweden
Publisher International Academy for Design and Health
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The recent alignment of architecture, neuroscience and psychology has recast our understanding of how building design influences people’s states of mind. Testable scientific hypotheses open up new avenues for the synthesis of these disparate fields of inquiry. This study draws upon some of the latest research that seeks to understand how hedonic states of pleasure are connected to eudaimonic assessments of meaningfulness within the built environments in which we work and live. Integrating these theoretical perspectives affords an opportunity to hypothesize that ‘green’ buildings could enrich human experience by promoting psychological and social engagement (eudaimonia) while providing healthier indoor environments that enhance the well-being of its occupants (hedonia). This paper provides evidence to support the intuition that an architecture that sustains the well-being of its occupants will be valued and endure.
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