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A collaboration between the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and New York-based design and technology firm Delos, the Well Living Lab, a chameleon-like 7,534-square-foot space that can be turned into an office, rooms, or apartments, has begun its experiments for exploring how indoor environments affect a person's physical and mental health, as well as their productivity. Eight Mayo Clinic employees volunteered to take part in the experiment's office environment, and so far, have experienced a deluge of various conditions including: a too hot and too cold office climate, the sound of loud computer keys or a ringing phone on loop, and the change in color temperature of the lights. The inhabitants are observed by scientists, who watch from a two-way mirror, and record health stats such as their blood pressure and heart rate.

“We spend 90% of our time indoors,” says Brent Bauer, the Well Living Lab's medical director. “If we don't optimize that, we're going to have a hard time optimizing wellness as a whole.” says Brent Bauer, the medical director at Well Living Lab, in an article for Nature.

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