Journal of Motivation, Emotion, and Personality

Reversal Theory Studies

Architecture and the Protective Frame

Author: Sally Augustin and Michael J. Apter

Abstract: Architecture and interior design can have a significant e ect on psychological state. Reversal theory helps to explain how and why design supports particular motivational and functional objectives — or fails to do so. Paratelic states require a protective frame; design can make it more likely that space-users in a paratelic state will have the desired experiences. Over the last fifty years, researchers in environmental psychology and related fields have identified sensory, psychosocial, and cultural factors that support confidence, safety-zone, and detachment protective frames as well as telic and paratelic states. Applying research findings in practice is complicated by the dynamic nature of people’s motivations and, in some contexts, by the nuanced variety of human motivations among space users. Knowledge of reversal theory should help architects and others to deal more systematically and creatively with these kinds of problems
and to enhance human experience.

Link to Article: 2016-V5-02-Augustin-Apter

DOI: 10.12689/jmep.2016.502

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