research project


Defusing escalating behaviour through the use of interactive light scenarios.

Our aim

De-escalate develops and tests mechanisms for de-escalation of aggression through dynamic light. The project studies the potential impact of light on de-escalation, by examining psychological pathways through which exposure to dynamic light might defuse escalation. It translates these findings into dynamic lighting scenarios, and tests their effectiveness in two real-life situations: an inner-city entertainment area and a psychiatric care facility.

TU/e researchers involved

Project coordinator: Prof. Yvonne de Kort

PhD students involved:

  • Indre Kalinauskaite
  • Anne Schietecat

Other non-TU/e researchers involved:

  • Nicole Weelen, GGzE; Municipality of Eindhoven
  • Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen

Project funded by: NWO, Top sector programme Creative Industries, and part of the CLICKNL network

Time-frame: 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2018