Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)

The mission of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture is to promote and advance knowledge that links neuroscience research to a growing understanding of human responses to the built environment.

The Academy benefits from the expanding body of research that has evolved within the neuroscience community in the last two decades, and the promise of even more in the coming century. Some observers have characterized what is happening in neuroscience as the most exciting frontier of human knowledge since the Renaissance. All humanity stands to benefit from this research in countless ways still to be determined. The profession of architecture has become a partner in developing the application of this knowledge base in order to increase its ability to be of service to society. For more information, visit

Research Submitted

Title Author Datesort ascending
Enriched Environments Enhancing Psychiatric Care Facilities for Transitional Youth Lara Chow (Carleton University) Sep 23, 2016
Idea Sketches as Traces of Cognitive Styles: The Case of Alvar Aalto Mark Alan Hewitt, FAIA (Rutgers University) Sep 23, 2016
Facades of Building Significantly Modulate EEG Signals of Brain Cortical Lobes Parastou Naghibi Rad (Institute for Research in Fundamental Science (IPM), Tehran, Iran), Abbas Ali Shahroudi (University of Mazandaran), Hamed Shabani (Institute for Research in Fundamental Science (IPM), Tehran, Iran), Kourosh Maboudi (Institute for Research in Fundamental Science (IPM), Tehran, Iran), Reza Lasgari (Institute for Research in Fundamental Science (IPM), Tehran, Iran) Sep 23, 2016
The Use and Perception of Black in Architecture Marina Russo-Schtcherbakoff-Kodakoff Sep 23, 2016
fMRI Study of Architecturally-Induced Contemplative States Julio Bermudez, Ph.D. (The Catholic University of America), David Krizaj, Ph.D. (University of Utah), David Lipschitz, Ph.D. (University of Utah), Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Ph.D. (University of Utah), Yoshino Nakamura, Ph.D. (University of Utah) Sep 18, 2014
Will ‘Good’ Architecture Make Us More Creative? Examining the Role of Place in Creative Cognition Laura Healey Malinin, PhD, AIA (Colorado State University) Sep 18, 2014
How Do You Feel Architecture? Heartbeats Induce Affinities with Virtual Interiors Isabella Pasqualini (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)), Olaf Blanke (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL); University Hospital of Geneva) Sep 18, 2014
Spatial Manifestations of the Human Psyche Ashley Brooke Biren (Ryerson University) Sep 18, 2014
A Preference Study among Four Interior Architectural Geometries in a Semi-Immersive Virtual Environment Hannah Hobbs, M.Arch (NewSchool of Architecture + Design) Sep 18, 2014
An fMRI-Based Exploration of Neural Correlates of the ‘Formal’ Environmental Attributes of Healthcare Settings 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) Sep 18, 2014