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New to the INNOVATION ZONE: Better in wood? The scientific evidence holds a grain of truth

Better in wood?  Maybe so. Under the heading ‘Log Cabins? No, These Wooden Buildings are High-Rises’, an article in The New…

Better in wood?  Maybe so. Under the heading ‘Log Cabins? No, These Wooden Buildings are High-Rises’, an article in The New York Times on New Year’s Day 2019 by CJ Hughes discusses the use of wood as a building material. While several of the issues reviewed by Hughes (such as safety) are beyond the range of topics covered in this column, the author mentions the psychological ramifications of seeing wood grain – a topic that cognitive scientists have rigorously investigated.

Find out what research scientists have discovered in linking the visibility of wood grain to positive psychological outcomes here. There is a clear message about the benefits of wood-lined environments for workplace designers…