University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Neuroscientist, author and design consultant working at the intersection of psychology and architectural and urban design. Colin is the author of ‘Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life’, exploring how homes, workplaces, cities and nature influence the brain and body.
"In this talk, I will begin by describing some of the basic facts of visual perception and neuroscience, with an emphasis on findings that relate to the experience of the city. I will focus in particular on the influence of the centre and the periphery and suggest, with some support from recent studies in my lab, that the peripheral visual field makes a special contribution to the experience of architectural atmosphere and, through this, affects our emotional state and our engagement in city spaces."