An fMRI-Based Exploration of Neural Correlates of the ‘Formal’ Environmental Attributes of Healthcare Settings

Sep 18, 2014

This study explores neural activation in adult brains in response to visual stimulus containing formal environmental attributes. This study focuses on emotional impact of visual stimuli and bridges the evidence between environmental psychology and neuroscience to identify specific visual properties that elicit emotional responses. This study investigates a particular visual property “contours” and explores it within the theoretical paradigm of neuro-architecture to generate specific hypotheses for architecture and neuroscience. This research explores the potential influence of the contour information of meaningful healthcare settings on amygdala activation.

Debajyoti Pati, PhD, FIIA, IDEC, LEED AP (Texas Tech University)
Michael O’Boyle (Texas Tech University)
Upali Nanda (HKS Architects)
Jiancheng Hou (Texas Tech University)
Hessam Ghamari (Texas Tech University)
Robyn Bajema (American Art Resource)
Presented at: 
2014 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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