Measuring the Emotional and Physiological Effects of Light and Colour on Space Users

Nadeen Abbas, Dinesh Kumar, Neil Mclachlan

Abstract

Colour and light are known to have an impact on our health and well-being. While large resources are allocated for well designed buildings with the right choice of colours and lighting conditions, there is little scientific evidence that supports these choices. The aim of this research was to determine the impact of different colours and lighting conditions on people, using non-invasive means. Close correlations between skin conductance (SC), our emotions and health are well reported in literature and hence these are expected to be good measures of the environmental conditions on people.

References

  1. Kenz, I., Enmarker, I.: Effect of office lighting on mood and cognitive performance and a gender effect in work-related judgment. Envinronment and behaviour 30 (July 1998) 553- 567
  2. Leather, P., Pyrgas, M., Beale, D.: Windows in the workplace: Sunlight, view, and occupational stress. Environment and Behaviour 30 (1998) 739-762
  3. Hupka, R., Zaleski, Z., Otto, J., Reidl, L., Tarabrina, N.: The colors of anger, envy, fear, and jealousy: A cross-cultural study. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology 28 (1997) 156-171
  4. Hathaway, W.: School performance: A case of daylight robbery. Psychology today 27 (1992) 8
  5. Frasca-Bealieu, K.: Interior design for ambulatory care: How to reduce stress and anxiety of patients and families. Ambulatory care management Gaithersburg 22 (1999) 67-73
  6. Lang, P., Greenwald, M., Bradley, M., Hamm, A.: Looking at pictures: affective, facial, visceral, and behavioural reactions. Psychophysiology 30 (1993) 261-273
  7. Bradley, M., Lang, P.: Measuring Emotion: Behavior, feeling and physiology. New York : Oxford University Press, New York (2000)
  8. Detenber, B., Simons, R., Reiss, J.: The emotional significance of color in television presentations. Media Psychology 2 (2000) 331-335
  9. Tarvainen, M., Karjalainen, P., Koistinen, A., Valkonen-Korhonen, M.: Principal component analysis of galvanic skin responses. Chicago 2000 conference (2000)
  10. Lane, R., Chua, P., Dolan, R.: Common effects of emotional valence, arousal and attention on neural activation during visual processing of picture. Neuropsychologia 37 (1999) 989-997
  11. Storm, H., Myre, K., Rostrup, M., Stokland, O., Lien, M., Rder, J.: Skin conductance correlates with perioperative stress. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica 46 (2002) 887-895
  12. Healey, J., Seger, J., Picard, R.: Quantifying driver stress: Developing a system for collecting and processing bio-metric signals in natural situations. Proceedings of the Rocky Mountian Bio-Engineering Symposium (1999)
  13. Heo, N.and Sundar, S.: Emotional responses to web advertising: The effects of animation, position, and product involvement on physiological arousal. Advertising division at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Phoenix Arizona (2000)
  14. Kenz, I., Kers, C.: Effect of indoor lighting, gender and age on mood and cognitive performance. Envinronment and behaviour 32 (2000) 817-831
Download


Paper Citation


in Harvard Style

Abbas N., Kumar D. and Mclachlan N. (2005). Measuring the Emotional and Physiological Effects of Light and Colour on Space Users . In Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Biosignal Processing and Classification - Volume 1: BPC, (ICINCO 2005) ISBN 972-8865-35-X, pages 78-86. DOI: 10.5220/0001194200780086


in Bibtex Style

@conference{bpc05,
author={Nadeen Abbas and Dinesh Kumar and Neil Mclachlan},
title={Measuring the Emotional and Physiological Effects of Light and Colour on Space Users},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Biosignal Processing and Classification - Volume 1: BPC, (ICINCO 2005)},
year={2005},
pages={78-86},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001194200780086},
isbn={972-8865-35-X},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Biosignal Processing and Classification - Volume 1: BPC, (ICINCO 2005)
TI - Measuring the Emotional and Physiological Effects of Light and Colour on Space Users
SN - 972-8865-35-X
AU - Abbas N.
AU - Kumar D.
AU - Mclachlan N.
PY - 2005
SP - 78
EP - 86
DO - 10.5220/0001194200780086