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Ms Isabella Bower

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Casual Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Arch & Built Enviro

Biography

I am a PhD Candidate and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Australia. My research examines whether the design characteristics of interior built environments modulate neural networks involved in cognitive processes such as perception, attention, and emotion regulation. I’m particularly interested in understanding how we can optimise building design for our physical and mental health.

I came into cognitive neuroscience with a humanities background (Architecture), and experience working in the Victorian State Government (Department of Premier and Cabinet, 2010-2014) and academia in research and administration (The University of Melbourne, 2015-2021). I’m currently the Student Representative for the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society and Chief of Staff for Pint of Science Australia.

In 2018 I was awarded a Fellowship from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, and a Creativity and Innovation grant from Creative Futures Pty Ltd. Most recently, I won a Community Impact grant from the American Psychological Association, Society for Environmental, Population & Conservation Psychology to help advance environmental psychology research in Australia.

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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

visual perception, neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, environmental psychology, built environment

Conferences

Bower, I. S., Hill, T. A., & Enticott, P. G. (2022, July 11-14). Building to optimise cognitive processes: Functional brain connectivity during exposure to the scale and colour of interior built environments. [Open talk]. In The Australasian Brain and Psychological Sciences Meeting (ABPS), 2022 Inaugural Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Bower, I.S., Clark, G.M., Tucker, R., Lum, J.A.G., Mortimer, M.A., Enticott, P.G. (2022, June 16-18). Measuring emotional and neurophysiological responses to the scale and colour of the built environment. [Flash talk]. In American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Environmental, Population, & Conservation Psychology, 2022 Inaugural Virtual Conference (Online).

Bower, I.S., Clark, G.M., Tucker, R., Lum, J.A.G., Mortimer, M.A., Enticott, P.G. (2021, November 18-19). Built environment design modulates autonomic and EEG indices of emotional response. [Rapid-fire presentation]. In Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS), 2021 Virtual Conference (Online).

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

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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2022

Built environment color modulates autonomic and EEG indices of emotional response

Isabella Bower, Isabella Bower, Gillian Clark, Gillian Clark, Richard Tucker, Richard Tucker, Aron Hill, Aron Hill, Jarrad Lum, Jarrad Lum, Michael Mortimer, Michael Mortimer, Peter Enticott, Peter Enticott

(2022), pp. 1-17, Psychophysiology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Enlarged Interior Built Environment Scale Modulates High-Frequency EEG Oscillations

I Bower, I Bower, G Clark, G Clark, R Tucker, R Tucker, A Hill, A Hill, J Lum, J Lum, M Mortimer, M Mortimer, P Enticott, P Enticott

(2022), Vol. 9, eNeuro, C1

journal article

Functional brain connectivity during exposure to the scale and color of interior built environments

I Bower, I Bower, A Hill, A Hill, P Enticott, P Enticott

(2022), pp. 1-11, Human Brain Mapping, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

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

I Bower, R Tucker, P Enticott

(2019), Vol. 66, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 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

The Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture - John Paul Eberhard Fellowship

  • 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

Creative Futures Pty Ltd

  • 2019: $5,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report