A neurocognitive study of the emotional impact of geometrical criteria of architectural space

Avishag Shemesh, Gerry Leisman, Moshe Bar, Yasha Jacob Grobman

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Abstract

The paper presents a new approach to examining the connection between human emotions and architectural space, focusing on the aspect of geometry. It examines how emotional reactions to geometrical manipulations within architectural space can be empirically measured and quantified. By using physiological sensors, such as EEG (Electroencephalography), GSR (Galvanic Skin Response), and eye-tracking (ET), we were able to collect data from participants experiencing virtual environments, differentiated by criteria of scale, proportion, protrusion and curvature. Findings suggest that these criteria influence the user's emotional state. The developed methodology, which combines both qualitative and quantitative measurements, shows changes of interest, both ‘positive’ and ‘negative’, suspected to indicate different emotional states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-407
Number of pages14
JournalArchitectural Science Review
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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Keywords

  • Virtual environment
  • affective response
  • evidence-based design
  • neuroaesthetics
  • neuroarchitecture
  • parametric design
  • space geometry
  • space perception

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