Stretching a room vertically, making it too high relative to its width, will bring a certain sense of recollection and restrict it to only one kind of activity. You'd rather find yourself leaving those rooms if you want to change your activity. Usually we are not aware that our rooms even have ceilings. We know about them, but we don't notice those surfaces when we are inside.

Unless it's too high or too low. When low ceilings are pushing us out of a room, high ceilings entice us to go inside. Paradoxically the large "empty" space above your head becomes as heavy as does little space above your head. Maybe that's due to the fact that being much higher than human's height they direct our minds on verticality - hierarchy. Shaping the atmosphere to be purposeful, aimed at giving everyone who's inside the same goal.

Rooms at some universities may have disproportionally high ceilings due to the need of bringing a lot of light, staff rooms at factories are like that because they usually are just part of an enormous space that should fit different machines. European churches are a result of a very strong unifying force as well.

On the other hand making a room with a ceiling that is not too high, not too low allows our minds go where they want to go. It can embrace all people, it doesn't care much about what they should or should not do.

We feel relaxed in a cafe which is more wide than it is high. If we allow ourselves we can stay at it for a long time doing different things: reading, talking to a friend, seeing a family member or just observing other people.

Height and Width