Room preference as a function of architectural features and user activities

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Conducted 3 experiments on preference for model rooms as a function of variations in architectural features (ceiling height, ceiling slope, and wall angle) and variations in presumed user activities (talking, listening, reading, dancing, dining, and no activity specified). 73 undergraduates rated the desirability of simulated rooms on a response scale ranging from −20 to +10. Single-peaked preference functions were obtained for variations in ceiling height and wall angle, whereas a double-peaked function was obtained for ceiling slope. In all instances the data on ceiling height could be modeled by a quadratic equation, in which mean preference was expressed as a function of the logarithm of the ceiling height. In general, Ss preferred ceilings that were higher than those normally encountered in the built environment. (17 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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