Iryna DemianiukFollow

Document Type





Summer 2020


neuroarchitecture, environmental psychology, natural materials, designenvironmental stimuli


Our daily life is shaped by the emotions we feel, and our emotions are highly dependent on the environment we live in. Those connections have been developing through the whole history of humankind, starting with the feeling of shelter near bonfires in caves. Today, we can discover neural responses to environmental conditions and even certain materials around us. Those findings have allowed architects and neuroscientists to work more closely together, and, through that collaboration, the new field of neuroarchitecture appeared. This relatively young discipline explores the way our brain responds to the environmental stimuli we are facing, and how different elements of space influence our emotions, thoughts, and behavior.


Architecture | Cognitive Psychology | Environmental Design | Neuroscience and Neurobiology | Place and Environment


Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State

Funding ID


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Additional Information

This work has been created with support from the Institute of International Education (IIE)/Fulbright - English for Graduate Students Program.

Accessibility Notice

For an accessible version of this document, email request containing a link to this page to



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.