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Ms Isabella Bower

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Position

Casual Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Social Dev

Biography

Isabella Bower is a PhD candidate with the School of Architecture & Built Environment and the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, School of Psychology at Deakin University. She has background qualifications in architecture MArch, BDes(Arch).

Isabella’s research examines whether the design characteristics of interior built environments modulate neural networks involved in emotion regulation. She was awarded the inaugural John Paul Eberhard Fellowship by the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture and a Creativity and Innovation Grant from Creative Futures Ltd.

Previously, she worked with the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, State of Victoria, and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne.

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Affiliations

Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) - Member, 2021 & 2022 Student representative for Executive and Early Career Researcher Committee

Pint of Science Australia - 2021/2022 Chief of Staff

Students of Brain Research (SOBR) - 2019 President

Knowledge areas

Built environment, architecture, interior design, cognitive neuroscience, environmental psychology, environmental enrichment, emotion, sensory processing

Conferences

Bower, I.S., Clark, G. M., Tucker, R., Lum, J. A. G., Mortimer, M. A., Enticott, P. G. (2021, June 28-30). Building for mental health: Understanding how scale and colour of the built environment impact emotional and neurophysiological responses. [Platform presentation]. In Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN), 7th Annual Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Bower, I.S. (2020, September 14-25). Architecture with Feeling: Measuring emotional and neurophysiological responses to the built environment. [Keynote presentation]. In Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), Sensing Spaces, Perceiving Place 2020 Virtual Conference (Online).

Professional activities

Faculty member for postgraduate degree coursework Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design (NAAD), Università Iuav di Venezia.

Alumna for Female Science Talents, Falling Walls.

Research groups

Awards

Prizes and Awards

2021 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Best Rapid-fire Presentation Award.

2021 Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN) Best Platform Presentation and Conference Travel Award.

2020 Deakin University Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Competition (Runner-up).

2019 Deakin University Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition (1st place).

2019 Falling Walls Lab Australia (Finalist) & Falling Walls Lab Melbourne (2nd place).

 

Research Fellowships and Grants

2022 American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Environmental, Population & Conservation Psychology, Community Impact Grant.

2020 - 2022 Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

2018 Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), John Paul Eberhard Fellowship.

2018 Creative Futures Ltd, Creativity and Innovation Grant.

Projects

Architecture with Feeling: Measuring emotional and neurophysiological responses to the built environment
This study examines whether the design characteristics of interior built environments modulate neural networks involved in emotion regulation. This research will help us understand how to design interior spaces for optimal mental health.

Publications

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2019

Impact of built environment design on emotion measured via neurophysiological correlates and subjective indicators: a systematic review

Isabella Bower, Richard Tucker, Peter Enticott

(2019), Vol. 66, pp. 1-11, Journal of environmental psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Evaluating architecture induced emotion through observing and measuring correlates of affective response too enclosed built environments of different scale

Prof Richard Tucker, Prof Peter Enticott, Ms Isabella Simone Bower

  • 2020: $4,567
  • 2019: $9,360

Architecture with feeling: Measuring emotional response to the built environment

Prof Richard Tucker, Prof Peter Enticott, Ms Isabella Simone Bower

  • 2019: $5,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report