The designed environment provides a flexible model for structuring information. This multi-leveled effect motivates the user to transform their experience into a desire for more knowledge.

By creating environments that change the way we think, we are able to promote critical thinking. A 2016 study from the University of Cincinnati explores the effects of structured environments on decision-making, and indeed, "Causal relationships in environments." The three-part study suggests structured environments encourage more thorough and thoughtful decision-making. The researchers emphasize the influence of the surrounding environment on the way people make decisions. 


Fuller, D. (2016). New Research Reveals How Structure Increases Careful Thought About Decisions.  [Press release] University of Cincinnati.