Ever wonder what physical, biological and neurological effect your design decisions have on the people who live in the homes, work in the offices or occupy the spaces your design? Based on the latest scientific and medical research, Deborah will enlighten design pros with the amazing role their design selections have on the human body and brain… including the two most powerful elements we have in our design toolbox: LIGHT and SOUND. In this highly interactive, demonstration filled 2 or 4 hour session, Deborah will examine the two basic energies of sound and light in a user-friendly format and explain how the body is uniquely designed to receive this information directly from the design elements we specify. Using numerous anatomical references, cited research and eye-opening audience demonstrations, participants will discover how and why environmental light and sound play an important role in human behavior and development; including the way we do our jobs, how well we perform and function in our daily lives, and even plays an important role in determining the quality of our sleep. Design pros in this fast paced session will:
Ø Examine the connection our bodies have with natural daylight and learn how the newly discovered photo receptor in our eyes will have direct bearing on how we specify lighting and light control in every room of every project including; hospitality, healthcare, contract, education, retail and, last but not least, residential projects.
Ø Review interior light and noise levels optimal for human performance and discover how your design specifications can dramatically hinder or enhance the body’s inherent need for sensory balance between the two.
Ø Learn how the brain & body receives, perceives, and processes the reflected and inherent energies of various interior surfaces and environmental conditions, and then translates that into behavior leading to increased sales, enhanced performance, and the most important emerging factor in workplace productivity and human health- sleep!
Ø How to understand the scientific properties of light and sound from a user-friendly perspective in order to create an interior environment that is supportive for the human body and brain to learn, function and thrive.
Ø Discover how the brain uses environmental sound and light for key neurological functions as well as a means for providing clues on location, pattern recognition, stress relief, motion detection and many more key elements for a healthy and productive life
Ø Review the latest reports, research projects and evidence based studies delving into the study of how light and sound affects the human condition and the impact this will have on the future practice of interior design
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This course is approved for health, safety and welfare credits