COLOUR AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING - DOES THE INFLUENCE OF RED IMPAIR PERFORMANCE IN ACHIEVEMENT CONTEXTS? AN INVESTIGATION ON THE EFFECT OF RED AND BLUE ON PERFORMANCE OF A MENTAL ARITHMETIC TASK AT VARIOUS LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY.
Newell, Ellie Louise
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The current study investigated the influence of red and blue on performance of a mental arithmetic task at various levels of difficulty. The aim of the study was to widen the research on the influence of colour on psychological functioning, as no current literature has used mental arithmetic as a task type to investigate this. Coloured fonts were used on the sums and black was included as a neutral colour. It was predicted that the influence of red would have a negative impact on performance and blue would improve performance at all three levels of difficulty of the task. No predictions were made for the black sums because it is an achromatic colour, so no differences were predicted. No significant differences were found in performance between either of the colours at any level of difficulty, however performance on the black sums was significantly higher than the blue and red sums on the difficult sums. The findings suggest that a large sample size could increase significances in results and several implications must be addressed in relation to colour, prior to carrying out a similar study.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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