Neuroperception in architecture

Architecture and design elements can elicit specific cognitive and emotional responses. People take in their environment through all of their senses, and different senses activate different areas of their brain. All of these sensory experiences add up in the brain and body, whether people are consciously aware of this or not. We are constantly sensing and perceiving our environments, and our physiology responds to the spaces we inhabit.
Employing neuroaesthetic principles in mental health architecture is a deliberate rethinking of institutional spaces. Neuroaesthetic is the cognitive neuroscience of aesthetic experience, a field that seeks to understand the neural basis behind people’s experiences of aesthetics, extending beyond beauty and art to the built environment.
Architects might find this tailored approach to designing mental health facilities challenging. Applying neuroaesthetics in mental health architecture can be beneficial and they need to consider the people they’re designing for and the ways in which these people interact with the spaces they inhabit.

Some examples in pictures:

An interior model presented by International Arts + Mind Lab, in collaboration with Google, at Milan Design Week in 2019.
The atrium at the Strawberry Hill campus at University of Kansas, designed by CannonDesign.
Glass lined corridors at Dandenong Hospital.
Federica Belloni

Federica Belloni

Researcher in the field of experiential design.