Investigating Stress Triggers and the Built Environment

Sep 23, 2016

This project is guided by the research question: How do different environmental characteristics affect stress-related responses in users?

The study will guide individual subjects to walk a designated route, exposing them to different architectural and environmental elements in downtown Manhattan, Kansas. Methodology includes physiological biofeedback sensors, GPS, a GoPro, and a brief survey.

The intent of the research is to provide a foundation for further studies into how public policy can be better informed and augmented to mitigate potential public health issues caused by urban design.

Parker Ruskamp (Kansas State University)
Brent Chamberlain, PhD (Kansas State University)
Bob Condia, AIA (Kansas State University)
Presented at: 
2016 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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