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Yvonne de Kort is a Full Professor and Chair of Environmental Psychology of Human-Technology Interaction in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). With her group, she investigates the effects of lighting conditions on human functioning (e.g., alertness, stress, sleep, and health), specifically targeting light effects for day-active people in real-world conditions. This explicitly includes both visual effects and circadian and acute effects beyond vision, via our biological clock and neural regions related to alertness and mood. The research brings together insights from psychology, chronobiology, and neuroscience and aims to translate fundamental insights in human responses to light to implications for the design of environments, lighting scenarios, and intelligent lighting solutions. We use lighting technology and Virtual Reality to tune light spectra, temporal and spatial dynamics. We investigate their effects through self-reports, psychophysiology (e.g., HRV, EEG), and task performance and employ EMA, (ambulatory) sensing, advanced statistics, data science, and AI approaches.

Uniquely, in addition to controlled studies in laboratories, a growing part of the research of her group takes place in living labs and in the field, where the aim is to test the effects of interventions and interactive installations in real-life situations. Additional research topics include the restorative and invigorating effects of light and nature scenes. 

Academic background

Yvonne de Kort is a full professor of environmental psychology in the Human-Technology Interaction group and vice dean of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. She obtained her Ph.D. in Environmental Psychology from TU/eYvonne manages the interdepartmental Sound Lighting research program in TU/e’s Intelligent Lighting Institute and the Mental Health program in TU/e’s Center for Humans and Technology. She coordinates national and European projects, among which a recently acquired European Training Network under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN framework: LIGHTCAP.

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The ties between our social, physical and technological context and human experience are many -- this web of relationships is the domain that I feel at home in, the domain of environmental psychology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

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