Architectural design and the brain: effects of ceiling height and perceived enclosure on beauty judgments and approach-avoidance decisions

@article{Vartanian2015ArchitecturalDA,
  title={Architectural design and the brain: effects of ceiling height and perceived enclosure on beauty judgments and approach-avoidance decisions},
  author={Oshin Vartanian and Gorka Navarrete and Anjan Chatterjee and Lars Brorson Fich and Jos{\'e} Luis Gonz{\'a}lez-Mora and Helmut Leder and Cristi{\'a}n Modro{\~n}o and Marcos Nadal and Nicolai Rostrup and Martin Skov},
  journal={Journal of Environmental Psychology},
  year={2015},
  volume={41},
  pages={10-18}
}

Figures from this paper

Encoding Pleasant and Unpleasant Expression of the Architectural Window Shapes: An ERP Study
TLDR
The behavioral and electrophysiological studies demonstrate a distinguished categorization of pleasant and unpleasant window shapes and more significant ERP modulations in the right than left hemisphere for unpleasant windows compared to pleasant ones.
Differences in regional gray matter volume predict the extent to which openness influences judgments of beauty and pleasantness of interior architectural spaces
TLDR
The results suggest that regional variance in gray matter volume may play a role in the computation of hedonic valuation and account for differences in the way people weigh certain attributes of interior architectural spaces.
Differences in Regional Grey Matter Volume Predict the Extent to which Openness influences Judgments of Beauty and Pleasantness of Interior Architectural Spaces
TLDR
The results suggest that regional variance in grey matter volume may play a role in the computation of hedonic valuation, and account for differences in the way people weigh certain attributes of interior architectural spaces.
Psychological and neural responses to architectural interiors
From Visual Perception to Aesthetic Appeal: Brain Responses to Aesthetically Appealing Natural Landscape Movies
TLDR
It is proposed that the observed activations reflect a local transformation from a feature-based visual representation to a representation of “elemental affect,” computed through information-processing mechanisms that detect deviations from an observer’s expectations.
The Embodiment of Architectural Experience: A Methodological Perspective on Neuro-Architecture
People spend a large portion of their time inside built environments. Research in neuro-architecture—the neural basis of human perception of and interaction with the surrounding architecture—promises
A comparison between preference judgments of curvature and sharpness in architectural façades
ABSTRACT Can curvature drive preference, perceived familiarity, complexity, stability and approachability for architectural façades? In this study, we generated four versions of the same reference
Visual preference for abstract curvature and for interior spaces: Beyond undergraduate student samples.
Smoothly curved objects elicit feelings of pleasantness and tend to be preferred over angular objects. Furthermore, individual differences (i.e., art expertise, openness to experience, holistic
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 67 REFERENCES
Impact of contour on aesthetic judgments and approach-avoidance decisions in architecture
TLDR
The results suggest that the well-established effect of contour on aesthetic preference can be extended to architecture, and the combination of behavioral and neural evidence underscores the role of emotion in the authors' preference for curvilinear objects in this domain.
The neural basis of scene preferences
TLDR
It is shown that the viewing of highly preferred compared to less preferred scenes was associated with greater blood-oxygen level dependent responses in the right parahippocampal cortex but not in the lateral occipital complex, ruling out feed forward and attentional effects.
A cortical representation of the local visual environment
TLDR
Evidence is presented that a particular area within human parahippocampal cortex is involved in a critical component of navigation: perceiving the local visual environment, and it is proposed that the PPA represents places by encoding the geometry of the local environment.
Control of Visuotemporal Attention by Inferior Parietal and Superior Temporal Cortex
Aesthetics, Affect, and Cognition
Scenes of the outdoor physical environment vary substantially in the extent to which they are preferred. Variables empirically found to predict preference can be analyzed both in terms of their
Spatial Cognition and the Brain
  • N. Burgess
  • Psychology, Biology
    Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 2008
TLDR
It is now becoming possible to construct a mechanistic neural‐level model of at least some aspects of spatial memory and imagery, with the hippocampus and medial temporal lobe providing allocentric environmental representations, the parietal lobe egocentric representations, and the retrosplenial cortex and parieto‐occipital sulcus allowing both types of representation to interact.
PERCEPTIONS OF INTERIOR SPACES
A transactional approach was used to examine responses to dining and living rooms. In experiment 1, 19 subjects evaluated a sample of 37 rooms on nine scales and ranked ordered the scales as to
Visual Permeability, Locomotive Permeability, Safety, and Enclosure
Recent neurophysiological findings indicate that there is a region in the brain that responds strongly to enclosure and even more strongly to gaps in enclosure. Under evolutionary theory, that
The Neural Basis for Spatial Relations
TLDR
The findings suggest that the functional neuroanatomy of categorical and coordinate processing is more nuanced than implied by a simple hemispheric dichotomy.
...
...