Get lost ... and get better architecture
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Date posted: 22/12/2008
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Getting test subjects lost in a virtual building could reveal a lot about how to construct more people-friendly hospitals, schools and other spaces, according to a unique collaboration by a group of California neuroscientists and architectural designers.

The merging of neuroscience, architecture, psychology and virtual reality is allowing researchers to track the brain signals of study participants as they navigate through a simulated building within StarCAVE.

?Our goal is to measure the human response to architectural features in a way that we?ve been unable to measure before,? said Eve Edelstein, the project?s intermediary and senior vice president of research and design for Ontario, Calif.-based HMC Architects.

The project should provide a more realistic understanding of how people experience real-world spaces ? before a single brick is ever laid, said Edelstein, a trained neurophysiologist and a visiting scholar at the University of California at San Diego.

The inclusion of electroencephalography (EEG) measurements will allow researchers to look at how brain signals change when people know where they are versus when they?re utterly lost.

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