‘Biophilic’ design can help you reduce stress and anxiety
“Biophilia” design, which refers to the idea that we are attracted to certain kinds of things, is a new term for the term “biophilic” design.
This is the term that’s gaining traction and we’re not the first to use it.
The concept was first suggested by German scientist Dr. Hans-Georg Maurer in the early 1970s, and its popularity is currently growing worldwide.
Maurer’s work in the field of biophilia suggests that our brains are made of many different kinds of cells.
He proposed that there are millions of individual cells that interact with each other in our body, each of which has its own unique pattern of cells and proteins.
Maurer’s research was widely recognized and eventually published in the scientific journal Nature, but the concept was quickly challenged.
This is when biophiles came into being, according to the team of researchers who first proposed the term in 2015.
These new studies, published in BioMed Central, also suggest that there is a lot of information available about the brain’s biology, so it’s possible to create designs that have a large effect on our brain and our body.
For example, a “bioplast” might be a kind of “neural scaffold” that has been shaped into a new structure, and there is evidence that it can prevent the spread of disease.
Biophiles have also been used in medicine to create devices that improve the functioning of the brain.
These include artificial neural implants that help the brain function better, and brain-machine interfaces (BMI) that allow the brain to communicate with machines.
We’ve already seen the first-ever biophile in a medical device called the “brain computer interface” (BCI), which is currently undergoing trials to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according a 2017 press release from the UK’s University of Oxford.
The device is being developed in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
This new work may not be the last word on how biophiliacs can help us, but it’s still an exciting development.
It also suggests that we should be looking for ways to design designs that enhance the health and well-being of our body and mind.
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