Laboratory studies of complex environmental responses – a critique and evaluation of alternatives

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    Willey, Hayden
    2004 Conference Papers
    Building technology


ABSTRACT: The usefulness for design of results from laboratory-based studies of people’s perception of and
response to separate variables of the sensory environment has been questioned. Nevertheless, studies of
more complex situations involving interactions between two or more of these variables have used similar
experimental techniques, leading to a collection of inconsistent outcomes. Recent research in cognitive
science and neuroscience has produced insights which provide a basis for examining flaws inherent in all
such laboratory-based studies. These flaws are evaluated, alternative approaches to these studies are
suggested and briefly discussed, and the implications, both for the way in which th


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