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How does color affect us?

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The athletic director of the University of New Mexico wasn´t trying to be funny when he decorated his football team´s dressing room in bright red and their opponent´s quarters in pale blue pastels. Alonzo Stagg, while head coach at Chicago, employed similar strategy when he had two dressing rooms for his players - one painted blue for rest periods, and the other painted red for fight talks. Both men were simply using smart color psychology.

Scientists, busy unlocking the secrets of the rainbow, have unearthed some amazing facts about color. They have proved that the colors on the red side of the spectrum are warm and stimulating while their blue-green opposites are cool and relaxing.

Blue can be a real emotional sedative. Some hospitals have found that patients recover more quickly if they are placed in blue rooms following major surgery. Blue rooms are sometimes used to quiet violent inmates of mental hospitals.

The right shade of yellow can produce a sensation of sunlight and warmth, but just a slight change in shading can cause a feeling of nausea. Commercial airlines many years ago abandoned interior decorations in yellow because certain shades encouraged air-sickness. For the same reason yellow foods should also be avoided during air or ocean voyages. Yellow is an excellent color, however where ´food for thought´ is concerned. Research has shown that the grades of school children rose noticeably when their study rooms were redecorated in yellow.

One student of color, Howard Ketchum, declares: "Whether we realize it or not, color can lower our sales resistance, make us feel hot or cold, gloomy or gay (as in happy). It can affect a man´s personality and mental outlook quite as definitely as a sleepless night, a cold in the head or a good square meal.

Ketchum tells the story of a New York manufacturer who redecorated the cafeteria of his factory in light blue. The female employees soon began to complain that the cafeteria was chilly. Some of them even started wearing their coats to lunch. The plant engineer protested that the temperature was thermostatically controlled and that the cafeteria was just as warm as the rest of the factory. The complaints continued, however, and a color engineer was called in. He ordered the baseboards repainted orange, had orange slip covers placed on the chairs....and the complaints ceased!

Workers in another factory comlained they were straining their backs lifting black metal boxes. Over the week-end, the ingenious foreman had the boxes repainted pale green. The following Monday several of the workmen were heard to remark about the ease of lifting ´these new lighweight boxes."

Studies had shown that dark-colored objects will almost invariably be adjudged heavier than light-colored objects. The average person is inclined to underestimate the temperture of a blue-room and overestimated the temperature of a red room.

Green and red seem to have psychological effects. Dr. Gilbert Brighouse of Occidental College in Los Angeles recorded the muscular responses of several hundred students under the influence of red and green lights. He found that their reactions were faster than usual under a red light, while green light actually retarded their reactions.

Most people tend to overestimated the passage of time under the influence of red and underestimated it under the influence of green or blue. This was shown to experiments with two groups of salesmen. The first group, divested of watches, was ushered into a red room for a conference. At its close, they were asked to guess how long it lasted. The average estimate was six hours. Actually the meeting had lasted just half that time! A similar poll was conducted among a group of salesmen conferring in a light blue room. All though they had spent less time than they actually had.

Color is an integral part of our daily life - from the green of the grass to the blue of the sky. Even our language is liberally sprinkled with colorful phrases we use to express our emotions - such as seeing red or green with envy. Certain qualities have been associated with specific colors. Black for instance is the traditional color of tragedy and death. In the Middle Ages, suicides from BlackFriar´s Bridge, a gloomy black structure in the heart of London, declined by one third when it was painted bright green.

The effect of color on digestion as the result of such thought-association was dramatically demonstrated by Samuel G. Hibbon, an illumination engineer. He invited several guests to a table set with tempting foods. Each guest had a good appetite - until the group was seated and Hibbon pushed a button. The dining room was flooded with specially designed lights. As a result, the juicy brown steaks looked gray; the crisp celery turned pink; the coffee was transformed into a sickly yellow fluid. Most of the guests couldn´t eat a thing. Some of those who forced down the food were actually nauseated.

The importance of color in business and industry was shown when a Chicago packing house tripled its sales after changing the yellow walls of its display rooms. Aware that each color has its specific after-image color engineers discovered that the yellow created a gray after-image which robbed the meat of its natural redness. Sales leaped after they advised painting the walls green because the contrasting after-image made the meat lood redder than ever.

Exhausting tests have demonstrated that color is one of the prime factors in the sale of virtually every commodity on the market today. When frozen foods first appeared they were packaged in ice-green or snow-blue containers with pictures of Eskimos or igloos or other Arctic designs. They didn´t attract the eye of the average housewife, however, until they were re-packaged in waremer colors that suggested the appetizing appearance of the re-heated food.

Selecting the proper colors to suit your changing personal moods is a more difficult matter. Suppose you feel depressed and in need of a bright environment for an emotional lift? Then suppose by tomorrow you´re brimming over with exciting plans that require the sedative effect of pale blue? Well, the Color Research Institute of America has a partial solution to this problem - keep changing colors with your moods.

That´s easy enough in clothing, and it can be done also in your surroundings. Keep the walls gray or some other neutral shade and use spots of color - in pictures, slip covers or hangings - that can easily be changed.

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IT BURNS US!!!!!!!
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Rotten no-good-sons-of-bums.

We outsmarted them, this time.

Watch for future speeches now we know they´re using this.

No RED tie tonight. Ha.
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Pollyannuh, you are a bush handler.
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A.C. 10809, only in my dreams, sweetie, only in my dreams.

What world we would live in if I did.

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i agree with you polly,,, the blue has a calming effect with me,,, it ties in with the united nations color scheme and plan too,,,,, the spin seems to be suggesting the problem is a "world" problem


that we created
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"A.C. 10809, only in my dreams, sweetie, only in my dreams.

What world we would live in if I did."

You should handle it more often then, you might not be so neurotic if you did.
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malu, I found a HOST of sites discussing the effects of color on us. Very interesting in view of the fact that this lame speech was billed as an "important" one.


Here is some more on the psychology of color from Winkipedia.

Color psychology
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Color psychology is a field of study devoted to analyzing the effect of color on human behavior and feeling. Color psychology is an immature field of study viewed dubiously by mainstream psychologists and therefore qualifies as "alternative medicine". Critics view it as an overstatement of what can be justified by research, and point out that different cultures have completely different interpretations of color.

A separate and distinct field that is part of current medical practice is phototherapy. An example of this is the use of ultraviolet light to cure jaundice in babies. Also called light therapy, these treatments would work in systems isolated from the brain or consciousness, and do not rely on an emotive response.

Practitioners of color psychology, sometimes called color consultants, claim there are a number of reactions to color which seem to be noted in most persons. They also note that common physiological effects often accompany the psychological effects.

Color consultants claim hues in the red area of color are typically viewed as "warm" while those in the blue and green range are typically viewed as "cool". Reds are also viewed as active and exciting, while the blues and greens are viewed as soothing and passive. Physiological tests have revealed similar responses. It´s claimed that red hues increase bodily tension and stimulate the autonomic nervous system, while "cool" hues release tension.

Color consultants also point to an increasing number of studies linking colors to specific responses. One study found that weight lifters have more powerful performances in blue rooms, and another study found that babies cry more frequently in yellow rooms. Color consultants believe that the colors used in the design of environment can have a significant impact on the emotions and performance of people within that environment.

Although color psychology is a relatively new area of scientific research, ancient civilizations believed in the influence of color on humans. The ancient Chinese, Egyptians, and Indians believed in chromotherapy, or healing with colors.

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Criticism
Most evidence suggests the lack of a single, universal psychological reaction to a particular color. For example, death is symbolized by black in most Western cultures and by white in many Eastern cultures. Even members of the same culture from different age groups can act differently.

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Cultural Contexts of Colors
Here are some common cultural connotations attached to colors in Western cultures, particularly in the United States:

Color Positives Negatives
Red Passion, strength, energy, fire, love, sex, excitement, speed, heat, leadership, masculinity, power Danger, fire, blood, war, anger, revolution, radicalism, aggression, stop
Blue Seas, skies, stability, peace, unity, harmony, tranquility, calmness, coolness, confidence, water, ice, loyalty, conservatism, dependability, cleanliness, technology, winter Depression, coldness, obscenity, conservatism, technology, ice, winter
Green Nature, spring, fertility, youth, environment, wealth, money (US), good luck, vigor, generosity, go, grass Inexperience, envy, misfortune, jealousy, money, illness, greed
Yellow Sunlight, joy, happiness, optimism, idealism, wealth (gold), summer, hope, air Cowardice, illness (quarantine), hazards, dishonesty, avarice
Purple Elegance, sensuality, spirituality, creativity, wealth, royalty, nobility, ceremony, mystery, wisdom, enlightenment Cruelty, arrogance, mourning, profanity, exaggeration, confusion
Orange Energy, balance, heat, fire, enthusiasm, flamboyance, playfulness Warning, danger, fire
White Reverence, purity, snow, peace, innocence, cleanliness, simplicity, security, humility, marriage, sterility, winter Coldness, sterility, clinical, surrender, cowardice, fearfulness, winter
Black Power, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, style Evil, death, fear, anonymity, anger, sadness, remorse, mourning, unhappiness, mystery

Various cultures see color differently. In India, blue is associated with Krishna (a very positive association), green with Islam, red with purity (used as a wedding color) and brown with mourning. In most Asian cultures, yellow is the imperial color with many of the same cultural associations as purple has in the west. In China, red is symbolic of celebration, luck and prosperity; white is symbolic of mourning and death, while green hats mean a man’s wife is cheating on him. In Europe colors are more strongly associated with political parties than they are in the U.S. In many countries black is synonomous with conservatism, red with socialism, while brown is still immediately associated with the Nazis. Many believe that blue is universally the best color as it has the most positive and fewest negative cultural associations across various cultures.

Studies have shown most colors have more positive than negative associations, and even when a color has negative association, it is normally only when used in a particular context.

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Color theory
Lüscher color test
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polly is a lot further from neurotic than she seems,,, and gets the word out,,, she reminds me of the town cryer,,, 400 years ago,,, i love what she has to say!,,, it is truth,,, a refreshing change from mainstream
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Neurotic! 1doh1 Never been referred to as that before!

Passionate, tenacious, persistent, ya know the POSITIVE descriptions! lmao

grouphug malu!!
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Studies have shown most colors have more positive than negative associations, and even when a color has negative association, it is normally only when used in a particular context.

this just goes to show that the colors don´t bushwhack people

simple psychology is easily overridden when the entraining techniques are exposed

new memes on the ho-rise-on

thanks for the food for thought, polly
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y´all really need to be looking into the autonomic nervous system and it´s ability to find it´s circadian pulse wherever it is in time-non-linear space, even when being ´manipulated´


deeper than the psych boys can reach

and Jimi just came on to sing some kickass tunes, so bye-dee-bye

Oh, Dolly Mae, how can you hang me up this way?....
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You´re welcome, A.C.

Now that we´re aware of this tactic played out on national tv, we´ll look for it each and every time one of these things are staged for us.

Thought they could fool us.

Ha.
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Did anyone who watched the SuperBowl last January notice that Bush Sr. and Clinton were wearing UN blue at the game when they appeared together?
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"BLUE - helps reduce pain and fevers and helps people to relax. It aids in fighting infection or inflammation. In some cases, it has helped relieve migraine headaches."


Didn´t works at all. Although bush´s speech was done in light blue......


He still gave me a headache!
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a light headache, lol
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A.C. 9009, right on.

I also saw a piece on the net about how police officer "blues" were chosen.

Interesting bit of manipulation when the politicos use it.
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What bothers me most about using the pale blue in the background of Bush´s speech is...

light blue = UN blue

navy blue = USA blue

I guess we are also being conditioned to seeing the UN blue, next will be the UN flag. God, I hope not. Polly, you are so cool showing us the meaning behind colors.

Peace on~!
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I was wondering the same thing.
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mmmmm....but i´m so relaxed...mmmm....look at the funny monkey on tv tryin to...aaaahhh....make human words....funny munnkeee...i kinda like munnkeee....munkeee cuuuute...
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Awww, A.C. 7347, thanks, but it´s just using common sense, that´s all.

Soon as I saw him I got a weird feeling that the scene just wasn´t right, and when another poster mentioned the flags being sideways, I really took a look at the "picture" we were being shown.

Knowing what I do know about color, well, it was easy to put 2 and 2 together.

We gotta be one step ahead of all the others trying to influence us, all the time.



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taking bets on what colors they are going to use would be a great way for Americans to take interest in the subject. You know that punters do extensive background research to give themselves and ´advantage´.

polly, what´s the line on the next speech?

well, AC, I think that there´s going to be a touch of yellow, with a hint of blue

really, why is that?..

and on it goes with the talking heads

....... synchronicity, Jimi came on with this..

ONE RAINY WISH Lyrics
Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Album: Axis: Bold as Love

GOLD AND ROSE, THE COLOR OF THE DREAM I HAD
NOT TOO LONG AGO
Ah MISTY BLUE AND THE LILAC, TOO
Ah NEVER TO GROW OLD

THERE YOU WERE UNDER THE TREE OF SONG
SLEEPING SO PEACEFULLY
IN YOUR HAND A FLOWER PLAYED
Ah WAITING THERE FOR ME

I HAVE NEVER
LAID EYES ON YOU
NOT LIKE THIS BEFORE
THIS TIMELESS DAY
Ah BUT YOU WALKED AND, YA HA
ONCE SMILED MY NAME
AND YOU STOLE
MY HEART AWAY
Ah STOLE MY HEART AWAY LITTLE GIRL, YEAH
ALL RIGHT

GOLD AND ROSE THE COLOR OF THE DREAM I HAD
NOT TOO LONG AGO
MISTY BLUE AND LILAC, TOO
Ah NEVER TO GROW OLD

GOLD AND ROSE THE COLOR OF THE DREAM I HAD
MISTY BLUE AND LILAC, TOO
GOLD AND ROSE THE COLOR OF THE DREAM I HAD
MISTY BLUE AND LILAC, TOO
GOLD AND ROSE, GOLD AND ROSE, GOLD AND ROSE

IT´S ONLY A DREAM
I´D LOVE TO TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT THIS DREAM
THE SKY WAS FILLED WITH A THOUSAND STARS
WHILE THE SUN KISSED THE MOUNTAINS BLUE
AND ELEVEN MOONS PLAYED ACROSS THE RAINBOWS
ABOVE ME AND YOU
GOLD AND ROSE THE COLOR OF THE VELVET WALLS SURROUND US
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Sounds like some good music there, A.C. 13145!

At least those who are aware of the use of colors will watch closely next time one of them gets up in front of a camera.

Education.

:)
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There´s no way the light blue background and the light blue tie were a coincidence.

Didn´t ya-all just feel all calm, cool, and completely collected after that speech?

lmao
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I go into convulsions and foam at the mouth. No wait...that´s just what happens when Bush talks.
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My favorite color is invisible blue.
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The Virgin Mary must always be depicted wearing light blue garments. Accenting bush with this color does nothing for him, hell, a fiber optic halo couldn´t even help his lies.
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"..hell, a fiber optic halo couldn´t even help his lies."


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