In Search of Beneficial Distractions: Exploring Restorative Environmental Distractions in Workplace Design

Sep 18, 2014

This study examines how visual stimuli presented during task performance, and during breaks between tasks, can function as a positive distraction on task performance and emotional regulation. Two parallel studies were conducted in an office environment in order to test whether restorative nature image presentation would impact performance and emotional regulation during a creative reasoning task and a directed attention task. Workplace design implications are also addressed.

Meredith Banasiak, M.Arch., Assoc. AIA (University of Colorado)
Casey Lindberg, Ph.D., M.Arch. (HabLab)
Brian Green M.S. Tech. Mgmt. (Work Environments)
Marc G. Berman, Ph.D. (University of Chicago)
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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