Aroused and impulsive effects of colour stimuli on lateral and logical abilities

Xia, Guobin, Li, Muzi, Henry, Philip, Westland, Stephen, Queiroz, Francisco, Peng, Qiwei and Yu, Luwen (2021) Aroused and impulsive effects of colour stimuli on lateral and logical abilities. Behavioral Sciences, 11 (2). a24 1-32. ISSN 2076-328X

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of environmental colour on people’s lateral and logical abilities. This was done by evaluating study participants’ response time and error rate when completing six types of psychometric tests that were performed in various hue backgrounds on a computer. To maximise the colour stimulation provided by the monitor, the experiment was carried out in a dark laboratory. Analysis of participants’ response time and error rate showed that different colours could significantly influence arousal and impulsiveness, which suggests that colour has indirect impacts on cognitive abilities. Further analysis revealed that different colours had various effects depending on the type of psychometric test given. These findings suggest that future research on environmental design should consider how to effectively use colour to impact people’s performance and behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: arousal, cognitive abilities, colour psychology, impulsiveness
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2021 10:30
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 10:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/101212

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