What’s Neuroarchitecture?

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Neuroarchitecture explores the impact of man-made structures on the human nervous system and brain. It uses neuroscience to evaluate the effects of different elements on the body’s central nervous system. The Neuroscience Academy for Architecture promotes research on the relationship between buildings and the human body.

Neuroarchitecture is a discipline that seeks to explore the relationship between neuroscience and the design of buildings and other man-made structures that make up the artificially created environment in which most humans live. More specifically, neuroarchitecture addresses the level of human response to the components that make up this type of built environment. The underlying purpose is to evaluate the impact that various structures have on the human nervous system and brain.

At the heart of the study of neuroarchitecture is the use of neuroscience. Basically, neuroscience has to do with understanding how various internal and external factors interact with the body’s central nervous system. Within the study of this science, researchers will consider a number of different elements, such as genetics, physical and emotional development, pharmacology, evolution and pathology of the nervous system.

Neuroarchitecture is based on the premise that man-made elements added by mankind have a significant impact on the function of the brain and nervous system. In some cases, the impact can be beneficial, while in other situations the shape and structure of the building can create a negative reaction on some level. It is understood that the impact may not be apparent at first and could actually change the way the nervous system works over a long period of time.

One of the major organizations involved in the study of neuroarchitecture is the Neuroscience Academy for Architecture. As part of their stated purpose, ANFA aims to promote the study of the relationship between buildings and the human body. In operation since the 1980s, the Academy actively encourages research that seeks to use the tools of neuroscience to study the impact man-made elements have on nervous system function and the type of brain activity that occurs at following stimulation to the senses. The Academy has sponsored and been actively involved in studies that included studying the neuroarchitectural impact of homes, offices, manufacturing spaces, houses of worship, and sports arenas.

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