architecture, philosophy & cognitive neuroscience

By Dr. Zak Djebbara, Aalborg University, Denmark

“New meets old” – David Chipperfield – The James Simon Gallery, Berlin

Latest research:

The brain dynamics of architectural affordances during transition (2021)

Djebbara, Z., Fich, L. B. and Gramann, K. (2021) ‘The brain dynamics of architectural affordances during transition’, Scientific Reports, 11(1), p. 2796. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-82504-w. Read the full paper here. Action is a medium of collecting sensory information about the environment, which in turn is shaped by architectural affordances. Affordances characterize the fit between the physical […]

The Architecture of the Virtual: An Encounter between Cognitive Neurosciences and Architecture (2020)

August, K., Djebbara, Z., Kousoulas, S., & Radman, A. (2020) ‘The Architecture of the Virtual: An Encounter between Cognitive Neurosciences and Architecture’, in 4th Ambiances Congress 2020, Ambiances, Alloaesthesia: Senses, Inventions, Worlds. Santa Barbara: Ambiances. Full text also found here. Outline. The philosophies of substance presuppose a subject which then encounters a datum. This subject […]

(Preprint) Anticipation in architectural experience: a computational neurophenomenology for architecture? (2020)

Djebbara, Z., Parr, T. and Friston, K. (2020) ‘Anticipation in architectural experience: a computational neurophenomenology for architecture?’ Available at: http://arxiv.org/abs/2011.03852 The perceptual experience of architecture is enacted by the sensory and motor system. When we act, we change the perceived environment according to a set of expectations that depend on our body and the built […]

(Preprint) Architectural Affordance Impacts Human Sensorimotor Brain Dynamics (2020)

Djebbara, Z., Fich, L. B. and Gramann, K. (2020) ‘Architectural Affordance Impacts Human Sensorimotor Brain Dynamics’, bioRxiv. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, p. 2020.10.18.344267. doi: 10.1101/2020.10.18.344267. Action is a medium of collecting sensory information about the environment, which in turn is shaped by architectural affordances. Affordances characterize the fit between the physical structure of the body […]

Architectural affordance systematically alter parieto-occipital alpha-band desynchronization (2020)

Djebbara, Z., Fich, L. B. and Gramann, K. (2020) ‘Architectural affordance systematically alter parieto-occipital alpha-band desynchronization’, in ANFA 2020: Sensing spaces, perceiving place. San Diego, US: ANFA. Stay tuned for the full-paper with improvements! Transitions are among the most fundamental architectural elements, as they distinguish between inside and outside (1). Over millennials, architectural transitions have […]

Placing “process” in the spotlight: Architectural education as a testing ground for cognitive science-design translation (2020)

Jelić, A., Djebbara, Z., Fich, L., and Tvedebrink, T. (2020) ‘Placing “process” in the spotlight: Architectural education as a testing ground for cognitive science- design translation’, in ANFA 2020: Sensing spaces, perceiving place. San Diego, US: ANFA. As the field of neuro- and cognitive science for architecture advances, the question of how research produced can […]

Winner of MoBI Award 2020!

I am pleased to announce that our project that took place in Berlin Mobile Brain/Body Imaging Lab (BeMoBIL) was awarded by Brain Products. More can be read about it here.

(Phd) Expecting space: an enactive and active inference approach to transitions (2020)

Djebbara, Z. (2020). Expecting space: an enactive and active inference approach to transitions. Aalborg Universitetsforlag. Ph.d.-serien for Det Tekniske Fakultet for IT og Design, Aalborg Universitet The following thesis is an interdisciplinary investigation of architectural transitions cast as a composite of space and experience in time. Dispersed between philosophy, architecture and cognitive neuroscience, the thesis also attempts […]

Sensorimotor brain dynamics reflect architectural affordances (2019)

Djebbara, Z., Brorson Fich, L., Petrini, L., & Gramann, K. (2019). Sensorimotor brain dynamics reflect architectural affordances. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116(29), 14769-14778. Anticipating meaningful actions in the environment is an essential function of the brain. Such predictive mechanisms originate from the motor system and allow for inferring actions […]

Understanding Perceptual Experience of Art Using Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (2019)

Djebbara, Z., Brorson Fich, L., & Gramann, K. (2019). Understanding Perceptual Experience of Art Using Mobile Brain/Body Imaging. I A. Nijholt (red.), Brain Art: Brain-Computer Interfaces for Artistic Expression (s. 265-282). [9] Springer. This chapter draws on the importance of movement for human perceptualexperience and how it influences brain dynamics. By use of Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI), artists […]

Does views to nature and the design of spaces matter? A pain stress experiment (2018)

Fich, L. B., Gimmler, A., Petrini, L., Jelic, A., Djebbara, A. Z., & Jönsson, P. (2018). Does views to nature and the design of spaces matter? A pain stress experiment. I Academy of neuroscience for Architecture: Shared Behavioral Outcomes (s. 68-69). Previously, we have shown that the design of spaces can influence the physiological stress reaction to psychosocial […]

Investigating spatial affordances in architecture using MoBI and VR (2018)

Djebbara, A. Z., Fich, L. B., Petrini, L., & Gramann, K. (2018). Incentive architecture: Investigating spatial affordances in architecture using MoBI and VR. I Conference Proceedings of the 3rd International Mobile Brain/Body Imaging Conference (s. 106-107) Background Sequences of spaces are known to architects to have a certain impact on the perception and affective evaluation of spaces (1). […]

Neural Correlates of Spatial Affordances During Transition in Architectural Settings (2018)

Djebbara, A. Z., Fich, L. B., Petrini, L., & Gramann, K. (2018). Incentive Architecture: Neural Correlates of Spatial Affordances During Transition in Architectural Settings. I Academy of Neuroscience For Architecture: Shared Behavioral Outcome (s. 52-53). Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Transitions from one space to another are defined by two spaces and a delineating threshold between them. […]

Measuring the embodiment of architecture (2017)

Fich, L. B., Hansen, Å., Wallergård, M., Djebbara, A. Z., Jönsson, P., & Gimmler, A. (2017). Measuring the embodiment of architecture. I A. Karandinou (red.), Data + Senses: Proceedings of the International Conference ‘Between Data and Senses; Architecture, neuroscience and the Digital Worlds’. (s. 20-23). University of East London. Recently, the term embodiment frequently has turned up in connection […]

About

Zakaria DjebbaraCand.polyt., PhDPostdoc at Aalborg UniversityCurrently resides in Aarhus, Denmark Main investigation concerns the ways in which architecture impacts the human, health-wise and experience-wise. I do so through affordances. Part of:BBAR (Brain, Body, Architecture Research group)BeMoBIL (Berlin Mobile Brain/Body Imaging Lab) TL;DR: My goal is be able to refine architects’ design-tools to enable qualified predictions […]


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