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
Pareidolia Analysis of Architecture: Reading the Emotional Expression of a Building Facade Michael J. Ostwald (The University of Newcastle), Stephan K. Chalup (The University of Newcastle), Kenny Hong (The University of Newcastle) Sep 20, 2012
fMRI Study of Architecturally-Induced Contemplative States Julio Bermudez, PhD, Assoc. AIA (The Catholic University of America), David Krizaj, PhD (University of Utah), David Lipschitz, PhD (University of Utah), Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD (University of Utah; VA Health Care System in Salt Lake City), Yoshio Nakamura, PhD (University of Utah) Sep 20, 2012
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
Navigating Urban Spaces Demands Attention: Evidence from Physiological Indices of Arousal and Visual Attention Kevin R. Barton, MA (University of Waterloo, Ontario), Colin Ellard, PhD (University of Waterloo, Ontario) Sep 20, 2012
Archeology of Experience Anna-Maija Tuunanen (Tampere University of Technology) Sep 20, 2012
Cultivating a Culture for Neuro‐architecture: Developing Strategies and Models for Education Meredith Banasiak, MArch (University of Colorado), Margaret R. Tarampi, MS, Assoc. AIA (University of Utah) Sep 20, 2012
The Influence of Visual Perception on Responses towards Real-World Environments and Application towards Design Vedran Dzebica, Justin S. Perdueb & Colin G. Ellarda Sep 14, 2012
Exploration of Neural Correlates of Restorative Environment Exposure through Functional Magnetic Resonance Joel Martínez-Sotoa, Leopoldo Gonzales-Santosa, Erick Pasayea & Fernando A. Barriosa Sep 01, 2012
Chronobioengineering Indoor Lighting to Enhance Facilities for Ageing and Alzheimer's Disorder Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Elizabeth W. Gonzalez, and Donald L. McEachron Sep 01, 2012