Temples of the mind: The mysterious neuroscience of holy buildings

Story highlights This ability to evoke emotion and contemplation is common for many of the world’s architectural wonders. Our experiences of buildings are determined by our innate senses and personal histories Light, space and novel objects are key in inspiring our minds when entering a new space (CNN)Picture in your mind the high ceilings of the Sistine chapel, the white marble of the Taj Mahal, or the sculpted temples of Angkor Wat. Despite embodying different eras of history, distinct approaches to design and vastly different cultures, these icons have one thing in common — they have the ability to leave us in awe. “The way a space is architectured is linked with sensual elevation,” says Vittorio Gallese, Professor of Physiology…


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