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Quality of the built environment and Perception: Influence in human"s psycho-physiological characteristics

Grant number: 10/18381-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2011
Effective date (End): February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Principal researcher:Silvia Aparecida Mikami Gonçalves Pina
Grantee:Ellen Priscila Nunes de Souza
Home Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FEC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The quality of the built environment involves various spatial characteristics that affect perception and human behavior. Factors such as ventilation, temperature, lighting, shape, volume and use conditions must be rightly worked in order to provide appropriate environments, and a better quality of life. If Environment perception derives from the processing of sensory stimulus, then the hypothesis of this research is that the biological rhythm and psychological sense are directly influenced by the environment variables. The goal is to recognize the relation between environment and medical resident's perception in hospital space. The analysis involves the physiological and psychological variables due to the association between the environmental work conditions, professional efficiency, and personal quality of life. It will be evaluated the environmental variables: i.. quantitative, temperature, light, relative humidity and airspeed measurement, and physical data of the rooms ; and ii. qualitative, with perception survey of visual, thermodynamics, acoustics, and use of the space. Psycho-physiological aspects of medical residents will be evaluated: i. emotional variable with validated instrumentals to determine anxiety, depression, and stress in work environment and ii. hormonal variable through salivary collect and the ELISA Test. This is an exploratory research with transversally prospective of the outcome variables observed. The study will be performed in the Diagnostics Center, at Hospital das Clínicas of UNICAMP. It aims to establish a data collection about the environmental influence on the psycho-physiological aspects, pointing limits to ensure correct diagnosis and a better personal quality of life. It still must allow the development of recommendations to the quality of the hospital built environment.

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SOUZA, Ellen Priscila Nunes de. Quality and perception of the built environment: influence on the psychophysiological characteristics of users. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo Campinas, SP.

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