A Comparative Study of Colour Effects on Cognitive Performance in Real-World and VR Environments

Guobin Xia, Philip Henry, Muzi Li, Francisco Queiroz, Stephen Westland, Luwen Yu

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Abstract

This research explores the influence of colour on cognitive performance and intellectual abilities (i.e., logical and lateral thinking abilities and people’s attention to detail) in a conventional laboratory setting and an approximately identical virtual reality (VR) environment. Comparative experiments using psychological methods were carried out in both settings to explore the impact of immersive colour experience. This work builds on earlier studies that suggest that the VR environment enhances user experiences, with results evidencing that a considered approach to colour design can trigger a positive impact on user engagement. The experiments further evaluated the positive effects of immersive colour stimuli in VR by evaluating participants’ logical and lateral thinking abilities, as well as their attention to detail. Their response time and error rate when completing each psychometric test were recorded with different hue backgrounds in both environments. The data collected from participants reveal the differential impacts of colour between the reality setting using standard colour imaging displays and in an approximately identical VR environment. Analysis of the psychometric tests shows the differential influence of colours on logical and lateral thinking abilities and people’s attention to detail between the physical environment and the VR environment. Our findings add to the data demonstrating that a well-designed immersive colour experience in VR can trigger positive user engagement and, as explored in this study, improve cognitive performance. This again positions immersive colour experience as an important design tool to be fully considered in the creation of effective VR research and applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number31
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume12
Issue number1
Early online date28 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Colour
  • Arousal
  • Impulsiveness
  • cognitive performance
  • virtual reality (VR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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