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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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Projects 2014 2021

Research Output 1995 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
28 Downloads (Pure)

Active involvement of people with dementia: a systematic review of studies developing supportive technologies

Suijkerbuijk, S., Nap, H. H., Cornelisse, L., IJsselsteijn, W. A., De Kort, Y. A. W. & Minkman, M. M. N., 18 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. 69, 4, p. 1041-1065 25 p.

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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 11 p.

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work environment

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

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

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

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

Student theses

Active coping behaviour & the physical work environment: can the physical work environment support active coping?

Author: Winkelmolen, E., 25 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Appel - Meulenbroek, R. (Supervisor 1), de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 2), Haans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Kemperman, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


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