Neuroscience of the Golden Ratio

Sep 20, 2012

The golden ratio is a noted to be approximately 1/1.618. Modern architects continue to utilize the golden ratio. Why has it persisted and why is it an appealing paradigm? Is there more to this ratio than simple familiarity? Is there a neurological basis for its appeal? An exploration of how the brain and mind perceive the golden ratio will be discussed. An interpretation of how these neural-based findings could be used to maximize the use of the golden ratio in architecture by designing experiments to monitor neuronal activity in individuals viewing or experiencing architectural mock-ups, renderings, or virtual reality will be discussed.
(Conference Poster)

Bijal K. Mehta, MD (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA)
Han Lee, MD (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA)
Mohammad Shafie, MD (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA)
Presented at: 
2012 ANFA Conference (Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

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