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A Red Room

Aydasara Ortega Torres is a Faculty Member of Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics.

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Studies have found that "individuals who live in urban areas are at increased risk of developing psychosis" (ScienceDirect, 2008).

Like in a red room I remember.

Right.

That’s known as architectural determinism.

Designs facilitate or inhibit behavior, "providing opportunities that influence the probability that certain behaviors will or will not occur" (American Psychological Association, 2022).

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For instance, if a person does not like to cook, but has a comfortable kitchen, the chances of cooking are much greater.

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Or if we have a living room pleasant enough to invite people to our house, we would go out much less.

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Sure.

And if lanes for cyclists were enabled and well thought out, more of them would be used, less pollution would occur and users would exercise more.

Affirmative.

Spaces are designed and built under the premise of satisfying the needs of users or it is the users who adapt their way of life to the spaces which they make use of.

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And what would happen if the potential behavior of individuals in an environment - across the whole social spectrum - was considered when designing it?

Could we prevent mental illnesses?

Could we support mental health?

Could we eradicate violence?

“The fact is that environments do affect us, regardless of whether by design or by accident” (The Conversation, 2014).

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© 2022 Aydasara Ortega Torres

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