There or not there? A multidisciplinary review and research agenda on the impact of transparent barriers on human perception, action, and social behavior

Marquardt, G., Cross, E. S. , de Sousa, A. A., Edelstein, E., Farnè, A., Leszczynski, M., Patterson, M. and Quadflieg, S. (2015) There or not there? A multidisciplinary review and research agenda on the impact of transparent barriers on human perception, action, and social behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1381. (doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01381) (PMID:26441756) (PMCID:PMC4569749)

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Abstract

Through advances in production and treatment technologies, transparent glass has become an increasingly versatile material and a global hallmark of modern architecture. In the shape of invisible barriers, it defines spaces while simultaneously shaping their lighting, noise, and climate conditions. Despite these unique architectural qualities, little is known regarding the human experience with glass barriers. Is a material that has been described as being simultaneously there and not there from an architectural perspective, actually there and/or not there from perceptual, behavioral, and social points of view? In this article, we review systematic observations and experimental studies that explore the impact of transparent barriers on human cognition and action. In doing so, the importance of empirical and multidisciplinary approaches to inform the use of glass in contemporary architecture is highlighted and key questions for future inquiry are identified.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cross, Professor Emily
Authors: Marquardt, G., Cross, E. S., de Sousa, A. A., Edelstein, E., Farnè, A., Leszczynski, M., Patterson, M., and Quadflieg, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Frontiers in Psychology
Publisher:Frontiers Media
ISSN:1664-1078
ISSN (Online):1664-1078
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Marquardt, Cross, de Sousa, Edelstein, Farnè, Leszczynski, Patterson and Quadflieg
First Published:First published in Frontiers in Psychology 6:1381
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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