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

Titlesort ascending Author Date
Thinking about Effects of the Environment on the Developing Mind and Brain: The ABCD Study Terry L. Jernigan, Ph.D. (University of California at San Diego) Sep 23, 2016
Theoretical Paradigm Adapted for School Design for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Kyuho Ahn (University of Oregon) Sep 20, 2018
The “I” of Architectonic Perception: Own Body Perception and Bodily Feelings in Architetonic Space Isabella Pasqualini (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland), Joan Llobera (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland), Olaf Blanke (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – Switzerland; Geneva University Hospital) Sep 20, 2012
The Use and Perception of Black in Architecture Marina Russo-Schtcherbakoff-Kodakoff Sep 23, 2016
The Urban Grid, the Hippocampus, Savannahs and Real Property M. Gordon Brown, DTech, FRICS (Space Analytics, LLC) Sep 18, 2014
The Tool Sculpting the Designer; Cognitive Influence of Digital Tools in Shaping Contemporary Architectural Practice Sangeeth S. Pillai (Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India), Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany) Sep 23, 2016
The Time Course of Natural Scene Processing Revisited: A Critical Test of Affordance-based Classifications Louis G Tassinary, PhD, JD (Texas A&M University), Brent Furl (Texas A&M University), Tyler Miller (Texas A&M University), Ganesh Rao (Texas A&M University) Sep 20, 2012
The Sound of Creativity: Correlating Brainwave & Psychometric Changes with Workplace Acoustics Luke Laverty, AIA (Perkins+Will), Eve A. Edelstein, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, FAAA (Perkins+Will), Richard Brink (Genesis Planning) Sep 23, 2016
The Smart Building and Human Behavior German W. Aparicio, Assoc. AIA (Gehry Technologies), Brian Dougherty, FAIA, LEED BD+C (Dougherty +Dougherty Architects LLP), Lucas W. Reames, Assoc. AIA (Gehry Technologies) Sep 18, 2014
The Sense of Presence: Utilizing Emotional Feedback Carlo Pasini (University of Waterloo), Michael Persinger (Laurentian University), Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo) Sep 18, 2014