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How Architecture Affects Human Behavior - with Andrea de Paiva
Episode 616th May 2022 • Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar • Clare Kumar
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As a Highly Sensitive Person, we often live in a world that compromises our sensitivity. It is so necessary for us to have safe spaces, especially where will live and work. That's why I am so excited to speak to and introduce you to Professor of Neuroscience for Architecture, Andréa de Paiva.

Master of Arts (Middlesex University, London), architect, and urban planner (University of São Paulo), Andréa bridges research, education, and design in her work. Her research interests involve the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science applied to architecture and urbanism, as well as architectural theory, in order to better understand how the physical environment can affect individuals and society.

Andréa is the co-author of the book Triuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of Life. In addition, she is the founder of NeuroAU an online space that aims to discuss and disseminate knowledge about the links between cognitive science and architecture & urbanism.

I invite you to listen and learn as we speak about:

00:04:08 What is neuro architecture

00:05:25 Science-based design

00:08:01 Biophilic design

00:10:50 Benefits of all the senses

00:12:38 Different levels of sensitivity

00:14:50 Impact of living near airports

00:17:43 Animals and rest

00:22:01 Sedentary lifestyles

00:24:48 The importance of diverse/dynamic balance

00:28:22 Contrast in an environment

00:29:42 Transition spaces

00:32:34 Pollution

00:37:10 Systematic understanding of environment

00:41:23 Retail spaces


Building for Change: Comparative Case Study of Hospital Architecture

Nature in Design: The Biophilia Effect

Physiological Effects of Touching Wood

Living near an airport 'may be bad for your health'


Light and Sleep



Triuno: Neurobusiness and Quality of Life

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This podcast is hosted by Clare Kumar. As a productivity catalyst, highly sensitive executive coach, and speaker, Clare cultivates sustainable performance in busy professionals so they can keep making rich contributions in all areas of life and achieve greater fulfillment. She inspires leaders, professionals, employees, and entrepreneurs to respect humanity and boost performance through marrying productivity and pleasure. After all, why shouldn’t you have fun while getting things done? If you're a visual learner, please watch this episode on YouTube

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