Meredith Banasiak
Senior Instructor
Environmental Design

Program in Environmental Design
Campus Box 314 UCB
ENVD Building 104
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309—0314

Meredith Banasiak, M.Arch., EDAC, is a Senior Instructor in the Program in Environmental Design. Meredith’s research and teaching interest lies in examining the connection between the environment, body and brain using the lens of cognitive science in order to inform design applications which support and optimize human functionality, comfort and performance. Meredith was a former Research Assistant with the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) is a current member of ANFA’s Advisory Council. In 2012, she launched Humans and Buildings Laboratory (HabLab), a research group committed to studying interactions between people and environmental settings established with funding from a University of Colorado Innovative Seed Grant Program award. HabLab’s broad research aim is to expose people to various environmental stimuli in program-specific contextual settings and measure the impact on cognitive performance, physiological correlates of stress and emotional regulation, and self-reports of emotion.

Selected Publications:

Lindberg, C., Banasiak, M., & Tran, D. (in press). “Individual differences in the office: The interaction of personality factors and workplace enclosure”. JAPR.

Banasiak, M., Lindberg, C., Green, B. & Berman, M. (2014). “In search of beneficial distractions: exploring restorative environmental in workplace design”, 2014 ANFA Conference Proceedings. ANFA – Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Kalbfleisch L, DeBettencourt MT, Kopperman R, Banasiak M, Roberts JM and Halavi M (2013). “Environmental influences on neural systems of relational complexity”, Front. Psychol. 4:631. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00631

Banasiak, M. (2012). “Cultivating a culture for Neuroarchitecture: Linking cognitive science to architectural experience in design education”, 2012 ANFA Conference Proceedings. ANFA - Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.

Sullivan, J., Banasiak, M. and Messick, C. (2009). “Social-technical tools for sensemaking and sketching”, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) International 2009 Conference Proceedings, Springer.

Iguchi C., Banasiak M., Shaw A., Kopperman B., Kalbfleisch, M.L. (2007). “Methods for Retaining Ecological Validity in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Paradigms”. Gordon Research Conference on Magnetic Resonance, Biddeford, ME.

Kalbfleisch, M.L., Banasiak, M. (2007). “Special Populations: Giftedness and ADHD”, In: Callahan, C., Plucker, J. (Eds.) What Research Says About…: An Encyclopedia on Research in Gifted Education. National Association for Gifted Children, Washington, D.C. Prufrock Press.