Aroused and Impulsive Effects of Colour Stimuli on Lateral and Logical Abilities

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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number24
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2021


  • Arousal
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Colour psychology
  • Impulsiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Development
  • Genetics
  • General Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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