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Why you love Ikea

According to three studies from Harvard, Yale and Duke, the act of building something, putting your own blood, sweat and tears into making a physical object, seems to imbue it with an additional value above and beyond its inherent quality, which the researchers dub as

Why you love round furniture

In 2007, two cognitive psychologists concluded that angular shapes trigger fear in us as they suggest potential injury. Think thorns and spines of a plant, the sharp teeth of an animal, or the cutting edge of a rock. They also concluded that the sharper the angle,

What you probably don’t know about plants

For the past 40 years, numerous studies have shown that recovering patients in hospitals who have either ornamental plants in their room or views towards nature like a garden or a park recover faster than patients who have no access to views of nature. Let me

How the colour of your office impacts your work

Throughout human evolution, seeing colour has helped us identify food and differentiate the tree's fruits from the leaves. Seeing bright colour activates an ancient circuit in our brain that lights up with pleasure and happiness at the idea of finding something sweet to eat. So colour

How does the built environment make you feel?

One of the things that have fascinated me all my life is understanding how space impacts people's mood and behaviour. This idea has been influenced by two trends: POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: For the longest time, psychology has looked at making sick people better, but recently psychology has wondered