Research Methods

  • Define a research question/topic
  • document topic and criteria
  • why?

Wed 19

Initial thoughts

  • tying my research question back to my current work in studio
  • How does a given environment affect people?
  • How do environments elicit emotions in us?
  • How can environments encourage a positive mindset, inspire creativity, improve mental health?
  • How does space/environment contribute to mental health problems

Fri 21

narrowing down research question

Sunday 23


  • When light biologically impacts us, it can improve or disrupt our sleep, cognition and overall wellbeing. It can improve mood and stabilize our circadian rhythms, helping us get a better and deeper nights sleep. Psychologically, light can decrease depression scores and even increase cognitive performance such as reaction time and activation.
  • Environmental Cognition- a way of processing information in a real world settings using memory for geographic location and finding your way
  • the affects of natural light: Increased hours of sunlight heighten the brain’s production of the mood-enhancing chemical serotonin. Studies have discovered that the more sunlight we are exposed to, the more serotonin we produce.
  • designing spaces to incorporate more natural light(light therapy)
  • research on redesign strategies to improve personal space(maximizing results)



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