The study published in the journal ‘Personality and Social Psychology Review’ highlights that being in a certain location dramatically constrains or facilitates certain emotional experiences, our sense of connection with others, and our productivity and performance.
“There is no such thing as neutral, empty space-wherever you are, Home designs you are in a particular place that has psychological meaning,” says Benjamin Meagher, a social psychologist at Hope College.
Much of Home designs social and personality psychology research, and psychology in general looks at how we feel and think in our minds, as well as how we react to specific situations, but this study suggests that we are often ignoring our physical environment.
Take the example of couples in their homes. One pair are film buffs, they’ve focused their resources to a comfy couch and a large screen. Another pair, into food, has focused much of their resources on a kitchen that allows them to cook unique meals.
Earlier research on college dormitories, hospitals, and nursing homes showed that certain designs such as suite vs. apartment layouts, influence how often people interact, and how much they feel like they belong in that community.
This study can help architects, city planners, interior designers, and other specialists in applied fields design places that can promote healthier behavior and more positive experiences among occupants.