Neuroethics Publications

Document Type

Technical Report

Date of this Version

9-2017

Publication Source

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Volume

29

Issue

9

Start Page

1521

Last Page

1531

DOI

10.1162/jocn_a_01146

Abstract

A burgeoning interest in the intersection of neuroscience and architecture promises to offer biologically inspired insights into the design of spaces. The goal of such interdisciplinary approaches to architecture is to motivate construction of environments that would contribute to peoples' flourishing in behavior, health, and well-being. We suggest that this nascent field of neuroarchitecture is at a pivotal point in which neuroscience and architecture are poised to extend to a neuroscience of architecture. In such a research program, architectural experiences themselves are the target of neuroscientific inquiry. Here, we draw lessons from recent developments in neuroaesthetics to suggest how neuroarchitecture might mature into an experimental science. We review the extant literature and offer an initial framework from which to contextualize such research. Finally, we outline theoretical and technical challenges that lie ahead.

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This is a Pub PDF version and the article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Date Posted: 04 January 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.