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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. and Cross, E.S. and De Sousa, A.A. and Edelstein, E. and Farne, A. and Leszcynski, M. and 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

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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: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2015 02:50
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 01:12
ISSN: 1644-1078
Publisher's Statement: This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5718
Identification Number: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01381
Publisher: Frontiers
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