What does cognitive development have to do with real estate? I have studied cognitive development for over twenty years and published hundreds of results on how babies and children develop and learn. My scientific research shows that environments are critical to optimal infant development and learning. If we provide babies with too much information, they may look away or even begin to cry. Young brains are not as effective processing information if there is too much stimulation. Babies and children are sensitive to cues such as tone of voice, eye contact and movement. They selectively use environmental cues to learn and interpret the world around them. Like adults, babies are sensitive to the restorative effects of nature and to temperature, texture and motion. We can think of babies as natural interior designers. In my view, real estate, home selection and design have everything to do with cognitive development and brain sciences. I apply research in developmental science to help optimize living.