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Research Fellow and PhD Candidate, Deakin University

Isabella Bower is a PhD candidate with the School of Psychology at Deakin University. She has background qualifications in architecture MArch, BDes(Arch).

Her research examines whether built environment exposure modulates brain and body activity, which may affect underlying cognitive, perceptual, and emotional processes. Her PhD aims to understand if we can optimise building design for our physical and mental health.

Isabella is also the Student Representative for the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society and Chief of Staff for Pint of Science Australia.


  • 2018–present
    PhD Candidate, Deakin University


  • 2022
    Functional brain connectivity during exposure to the scale and color of interior built environments,
  • 2022
    Built environment color modulates autonomic and EEG indices of emotional response,
  • 2022
    Enlarged interior built environment scale modulates high frequency EEG oscillations,
  • 2019
    Impact of built environment design on emotion measured via neurophysiological correlates and subjective indicators: A systematic review,