Centric Lab was established in 2016 with a mission to use the exponential potential of neuroscience to make healthier habitats for human life. In 2017 we began working with leading neuroscientists at University College London thanks to an amazing grant from the Medical Research Council. We continued this work with support from the Future Cities Catapult, resulting in the production of the Neuroscience for Cities playbook.
We now work with forward thinking companies looking to create more human-centric, fit-for-purpose and resilient built environments that support human activity in an ever increasing complex world.
Neuroscience will undoubtedly be a catalyst for new era of built environment innovation. With time and technological advancement, neuroscience will be able to help us understand the nuances of human biology, as it is affected by the built environment. This will lead to the sophisticated orchestration of different physical environmental elements.
Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary branch of biology and is the scientific study of the brain and nervous system, including its interaction with the other parts of the body. A broad definition, as is used here, includes the study of human thought, emotions and behaviour since each of these functions arise from the brain and nervous system.OUR APPROACH
To explore the full impact of neuroscience on how humans interact with the built environment, we integrate findings from experimental psychology, mental health research and cognitive neuroscience, with the study of individual brain cells (neurons) and specific brain circuits. We also examine brain-body-environment interactions such as the stress response of certain environmental factors such as light, which can have a potential effect on circadian rhythms, thus affecting our sleep.WHY WE HELP
As the built environment industries strive towards enabling high levels of experience resulting in health, wellbeing and productivity, we provide evidence based methods to improve process and outcomes.
Centric Lab is led by
in Strategic Partnership with
OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH UCL TO BRINGS WORLD CLASS ACADEMICS, ETHICS, AND FACILITIES TO SUPPORT CLIENT BRIEFS. PROF. HUGO SPIERS ACTS AS SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR TO CENTRIC LAB, AND AS PROJECT LEAD FOR BESPOKE EXPERIMENTATION DESIGN.
Our partnership with UCL gives us access to world-class testing facilities
An academically driven research team within the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL. Specialises in spatial cognition research, with leading publications in high-impact scientific journals.
Allows for the study of the neural basis of spatial cognition.
Employs cognitive and behavioural neuroscience techniques.
Research methods include MRI, EEG, MEG, transcranial electrical stimulation, virtual reality, neuropsychological testing of patients, eye-tracking, mass online testing via bespoke apps, cognitive discourse analysis, rodent behavioural testing and single unit electrophysiological recording in rodents.
A unique and novel engineering research facility in North London, using highly flexible equipment such as a pneumatic testing platform, suspended lighting and sound systems to build full-scale infrastructure in a controlled setting.
Allows for the collection of quantifiable data on human movement and interactions.
Mimics real world environments in a controlled manner.
Enables the collection and analysis of data, allowing researchers to gain a better understanding of how the built environment impacts upon pedestrians ability to move around.
A research lab within the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL that uses large-scale 3D scanning technology to create digital replicas of buildings, spaces and environments.
A comprehensive data capture service using the latest 3D laser scanning technology to conduct pointcloud surveys.
Allows for the digital mapping of the world in 3D: everything from large scale city spaces to small industrial components.
Captures precisely measured replicas of buildings, landscapes and