The Locksmith of Fascination: Resistance and Cognitive Stimulation in Architectural Space

Sep 18, 2014

This paper speculates that numerous active sensory moments can be understood to create the various elements of an experience of architecture – the touch of a surface, the thermal delight, a feeling of security. How these cognitions are expressed in changes to neurotransmitters and neurotransmitter receptors may have long-term effects on building users. This research proposes a metric for the study of these potential qualities that may link the mechanism of ion channels to the tactile experience of quality in material, light, and sound.

Daniel C Whittet, LEED AP BD&C EBOM, Assoc. AIA (AHA Consulting Engineers)
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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