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Useful Subject Heading in UC and OhioLINK Catalogs

  • architecture -- human factors
  • architecture -- environmental aspects
  • architecture -- psychological aspects
  • architecture design -- evaluation
  • human ecology
  • interior decoration -- psychological aspects
  • human beings -- influence of environment

Subject Heading concerning Universal Design

  • universal design
  • barrier-free design
  • design for all
  • inclusive design
  • architecture and the handicapped
  • physically handicapped -- housing
  • aged -- dwellings
  • architecture and the aged
  • handicapped -- housing
  • interior decoration -- human factors
  • people with disabilities -- housing
  • older people -- dwellings -- designs and plans

Call number areas to browse for books on Universal Design: NA2545
Call number areas to browse for Human Factors / Ergonomics: TA166

Useful Search Terms

For spas & retreats

  • restorative
  • well-being & environment
  • color & mood
  • therapeutic environment
  • wellness
  • stress; serenity

For art museums

  • spatial organization & art
  • visitor behavior
  • visitor circulation
  • visitor movement patterns
  • wayfinding

For offices

  • office environment
  • working space
  • workplace design
  • privacy & job satisfaction
  • lighting & productivity

For bars & restaurants

  • beverage consumption & psychology
  • sound environment
  • acoustics
  • social context behavior
  • lighting & mood
  • personal space
  • crowding
  • territoriality
  • spatial behavior
  • color & physical surroundings
  • color & psychological effects

For retail spaces

  • consumer spatial behavior (instead of movement or circulation)
  • consumer behavior & environment
  • store atmosphere
  • customers & physical surroundings

It may also be useful to combine the above terms with any of the following:

  • architecture
  • interior design
  • environment
  • environmental effects
  • facility design

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