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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2017 (PC020404.16) ➔ The Effect of Light on Perception of Time in Healthcare Environments


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Valerie Chengyi Qin (designer)
Craig Bernecker (thesis advisor)
Glenn Shrum (thesis advisor)




Traditional lighting practices in healthcare facilities give priority to adequate illumination levels to satisfy facility and staff requirements, while most of the time neglecting the emotional and psychological factors of light that can affect the patient’s experience. In recent years, researchers have pointed out the close relationship between good emotional health and a faster healing speed for patients. In addition, negative emotions have been discovered to contribute to an overestimation of waiting time, which leads to dissatisfaction of customers. Thus for hospital administrators, improving the patient’s emotional health helps them to maintain higher customer satisfaction.



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