Essawy, Sally, Basil Kamel, and Mohamed S. Elsawy. "Timeless Buildings and the Human Brain: The Effect of Spiritual Spaces on Human Brain Waves." Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 8, issue 1 (2014): 133-142.
Some buildings hold
certain qualities of space design similar to those originated from nature in
harmony with its surroundings. These buildings, mostly associated with
religious beliefs and practices, allow for human comfort and a unique state of
mind. This paper aims to verify such effect on the human brain. It concentrates
on measuring brain waves when the user is located in several spots
(coordinates) in some of these buildings. Several experiments are conducted on
selected case studies to identify whether certain buildings affect the brain wave
frequencies of their users or not. These are measured in terms of Brain Wave
Frequency Charts through EEG Device. The changes identified on the brain were
then translated into a brain diagram that reflects the spiritual experience all
through the trip inside the selected buildings. This could then be used in
architecture to enhance such unique quality.
Key words: timeless buildings; sacred buildings; spiritual spaces;
brain waves; energy lines; power spots