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Abstract

This experiment was performed to find out how different colors affect the blood pressure of a person.

Hypothesis

Persons who have been exposed to warm colors such as yellow or red will have increased blood pressure compared to persons who have been exposed to cooler colors such as green or blue.

Scientific Terms

Psychology, blood pressure

Background

Colors and mood

The influence of color on a person mood and consequentially their blood pressure, is determined by their psychological and cultural background. The behavior or emotions commonly associated with some colors are listed below. Such associations are based on cultural beliefs and are not necessarily based on scientific truths.

Blue is a cool color. It is calming and soothing to a person. It makes a person confident and secure.

Red is a warm color. It is known to increase a person heart beat rate and blood pressure. This color also represents passion, strength and danger.

Black represents elegance and class. This color has long been associated with death in many cultures. In such cultures, black represents emptiness and darkness.

White is the color of purity and peace. This color also represents cleanliness and sterility.

Green is also a cool color. It helps to keep a person calm. This color represents nature and intelligence.

Yellow is a warm color representing sunshine and happiness. However yellow has been known to also invoke anger.

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Complexity level:
4
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
2 hours to prepare, 1 day for observation
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

NA