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Title: Neuroarchitecture: How the Perception of Our Surroundings Impacts the Brain
Authors: Abbas, Sarah
Okdeh, Nathalie
Roufayel, Rabih
Kovacic, Hervé
Sabatier, Jean-Marc
Fajloun, Ziad
Abi Khattar, Ziad
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: Architecture
Mirror neurons
Parahippocampal place area
Place neurons
Issue Date: 2024-03-28
Publisher: MDPI
Part of: Biology
Volume: 13
Issue: 4
The study of neuroarchitecture is concerned with the significant effects of architecture on human behavior, emotions and thought processes. This review explores the intricate relationship between the brain and perceived environments, focusing on the roles of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and parahippocampal place area (PPA) in processing architectural stimuli. It highlights the importance of mirror neurons in generating empathetic responses to our surroundings and discusses how architectural elements like lighting, color, and space layout significantly impact emotional and cognitive experiences. The review also presents insights into the concept of cognitive maps and spatial navigation, emphasizing the role of architecture in facilitating wayfinding and orientation. Additionally, it addresses how neuroarchitecture can be applied to enhance learning and healing environments, drawing upon principles from the Reggio Emilia approach and considerations for designing spaces for the elderly and those with cognitive impairments. Overall, this review offers a neuroscientific basis for understanding how human cognition, emotions, spatial navigation, and well-being are influenced by architectural design.
ISSN: 2079-7737
DOI: 10.3390/biology13040220
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Type: Journal Article
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