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Healing Spaces

A new book considers research on how location might aid the repair of our bodies and minds

Judy Borree
In her new book, linkurl:__Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being__,;http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/STEHEA.html neuroendocrine immunologist linkurl:Esther Sternberg;http://www.esthersternberg.com/ gives scientific evidence to support the notion that where you heal has an impact on how well and how fast you heal. Her thesis ties the healing process to key physiological pairings: the relationship between sensory perception and the brain, the brain's connections to the immune system, and the interplay between emotions and the nervous system. She shows that stress and relaxation responses acting on our endocrine system can either retard or promote well-being. She also explores the ways we map and experience "place" and the physiological mechanisms that are involved in that phenomenon.
There seem to be two books here. The first describes the neurological systems and structures through which we perceive our surroundings. The second begins when Sternberg turns to the suggestion that some built spaces -- from those designed by linkurl:Frank...



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