Cognitive Function is Affected by Architectural Design

As reported by Scientific American Magazine, how rooms and buildings are designed can have a direct affect on one’s diligence and mood.  This idea stems from biologist and doctor Jonas Salk, who discovered the cure for polio “after traveling to Assisi, Italy, where he spent time in a 13th-century monastery, ambling amid its columns and cloistered courtyards.”  He asserted that the architecture made him come to certain realizations and insights, which were thoughts that were absent when he was working on a cure for polio in a dark basement laboratory in Pittsburgh during the 1950s.  The article can be found here.

This article is also related to how colors can affect one’s creativity and attention.  It has been discovered that the color red improves attention, while the color blue inspires creativity.  An article that discusses this can be found here.

This realization and the fact that architecture can have such a huge affect on cognitive function is a huge area for research for psychologists and sociologists.  It’s also amazing to know that colors and building design has a subconscious affect on the human mind, where this was not an area of concern years ago.  It goes to show that research and human discovery has come such a long way, relative to other areas of research in say environmental studies or marine sciences.  Hopefully these discoveries can be used as a means of treatment for patients with depression or other disorders as more and more people become familiar with its medical/cultural advantages.

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~ by jrn320afigueroa on April 23, 2009.

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