Welcome to Architecture, Neuropsycology and Philosophy


Does the man-made environment by which we surround ourselves with have an influence on humans’ behavior, cognition, emotion and well-being? And if so, how and to what extent does this environmental impact occur/happen?  These are some of the questions that we will discuss in this Ph.D. course. Since architects, planners and engineers, design and shape the spaces in which we live, their understanding on how the built environment can affect people’s health, cognition and behavior is paramount.  

Since the 1980’s there has been a growing consensus that the mind is not entirely formed by an interplay between brain and body alone, but rather as a result of an interaction of brain-body-environment. This recognition comes from cognitive science, neuroscience as well as phenomenological and pragmatist philosophy. In this triade, the relationship between the brain and the body has been the focus of research for various disciplines for more than a century. However, the influence of the environment in the form of the built environment is just beginning to be understood and necessarily involves insights from cross-disciplinary fields. The course links research contributions from several approaches/areas: architecture, engineering, philosophy and cognitive neuroscience and highlights the recent progresses made in this field.

Ph.D. students will be presented with state of the art knowledge and will have the possibility to present their own work related to the subject of the relation between environment, brain and body.

Organizer: Associate Professor Lars Brorson Fich, e-mail: lbfi@create.aau.dk  


Prof. Ph.D. Klaus Gramann; TU Berlin

Senior Researcher Ph.D. Martin Skov; Copenhagen University.

Prof. Ph.D. Antje Gimmler; AAU

Associate Prof. Ph.D. Laura Petrini; AAU

Associate Prof. Ph.D. Lars Brorson Fich; AAU

Post.Doc. Ph.D. Andrea Jelic.; AAU

ECTS: 3 (+2 with essay)

Time: 1 - 3 October 2018

Place: Aalborg University

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 7 September 2018

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.