Design with Knowledge – Light in Learning Environments

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A range of artificial lighting characteristics have been found to influence
our visual and cognitive capabilities, mood, motivation and/or (social) behaviour—
all affecting how we (academically) perform. One such influential characteristic is
spatial contrast, or the way light is distributed in space causing a pattern of light and
darkness. This study looks at if and how spatial contrast influences pupil behaviour,
and specifically their ability to concentrate. We first explored whether variances in
pupil noise, physical activity and mood, which have been found to affect concentration, occur when exposed to either a high or a low spatial contrast in their learning environment. Preliminary data from field experiments in a primary school indicates towards decreased noise levels and improved environmental satisfaction when a high spatial contrast condition is present. This implies improved environmental circumstances to concentrate. Further research to confirm this assumption will be undertaken.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeacher Transition into Innovative Learning Environments : A Global Perspective
EditorsWesley Imms, Thomas Kvan
Number of pages213
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Publication dateJan 2021
ISBN (Print)978-981-15-7497-9
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Architectural Lighting Design
  • Educational Environments
  • Occupant Behahiour

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