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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). As an environmental psychologist Yvonne is fascinated by the complex interplay of physical, digital and virtual contexts on human behavior and experience. The core of Yvonne’s expertise is in the effects of light on human functioning and how interactive, intelligent lighting solutions can add value to public, professional and care environments.  

Her research brings together insights from lighting technology, perception studies, social and environmental psychology, biology and neuroscience. Uniquely, in addition to controlled studies in laboratories, a growing part of the research of her group takes place in so-called living labs, where the aim is to test the effects of interventions and interactive installations in real-life situations. Research topics include Topics include effects of lighting on people's health and wellbeing and restorative effects of mediated environments, and working  at the intersection of spaces, technology, and social interaction. 

Academic background

Yvonne de Kort obtained her PhD in Environmental Psychology from TU/e. In 2009, she was a visiting scholar at Michigan State University, USA. From 2006 to 2012, she was co-director of  the Game Experience Lab at  TU/e, where scholars work together to better understand the captivating experience of digital games. She is the program manager of the Sound Lighting research line of TU/e’s Intelligent Lighting Institute and topic owner of Light for Health and Wellbeing in the Philips-TU/e flagship program on lighting. 

Yvonne has secured funding for scientific research and is and has been involved in a substantial number of commercial and nationally funded projects, among which a recent NWO strategic research project within the Top sector Creative Industries, and a ZonMW Off-Road project in the health sector, as well as multiple European projects under the sixth and seventh framework and the Eurostars program.  

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Research Output 1995 2019

NIF effects of illuminance and correlated color temperature of office light on alertness, mood, and performance across cognitive domains

Ru, T., de Kort, Y. A. W., Smolders, K. C. H. J., Chen, Q. & Zhou, G., 1 Feb 2019, In : Building and Environment. 149, p. 253-263

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

work environment

Person-Environment fit: optimizing the physical work environment

Appel - Meulenbroek, H. A. J. A., Le Blanc, P. M. & de Kort, Y. A. W., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Organizational behaviour and the built environment. Ayoko, R. & Ashkanasy, N. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Person-environment fit
Work environment
Work place
2 Citations
Open Access

Atmosphere illuminated: the interplay of light characteristics, light perception and atmosphere

Stokkermans, M. G. M., 11 Apr 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 225 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access
Open Access

Activities 2006 2017

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (External organisation)

Yvonne A.W. de Kort (Member)
Dec 2017Jan 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Using ambient lighting in persuasive communication

Yvonne A.W. de Kort (Examiner)
5 Apr 2017

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

Playful design for Activation - Co-designing serious games for people with moderate to severe dementia to reduce apathy

Yvonne A.W. de Kort (Examiner)
24 Apr 2017

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

Light conditions in nursing homes : visual comfort and visual functioning of residents

Yvonne A.W. de Kort (Examiner)
1 Oct 2016

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

Location-Based Advertising in Context: The effects of location-congruency, goal relevance & medium type

Yvonne A.W. de Kort (Examiner)
12 Sep 2016

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

Press / Media

Don't take changing the clocks too lightly

Yvonne de Kort & Sebastiaan Overeem


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Klokhuis: Kleur en Licht

Yvonne de Kort, M.C. Boschman & Harm van Essen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

D66 leader Pechtold makes TUs no firm commitment

Yvonne de Kort


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Licht en gezelligheid

Yvonne de Kort


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

Acute effects of blue-enriched light from an artificial skylight on alertness and cognitive performance during daytime

Author: Wang, D., 30 Nov 2012

Supervisor: de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 1) & Smolders, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Ambient lighting: giving face to automated blind systems

Author: de Bakker, C., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 1) & van Loenen, E. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A moment of brightness: the effects of brief morning Bright Light Therapy on burnout related complaints

Author: van Kol, M., 31 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Beute, F. (Supervisor 1) & de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Artificial skylights: the benefits of and preference for artificial skylights and sun patterns

Author: Stokkermans, M., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 1) & Haans, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master