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Psychologists have long since theorize that people's preferences for color and color mixes have deep psychological affect on your mood or feeling. In fact, research does suggest that color can affect your being and that your choice of color or combinations of color is significant to your mood. An example of this is that healthy people will prefer colors and color mixtures that reflect their health both physically and mentally. Furthermore, your color preferences aren't necessarily fixed and that they will vary even within a given day depending on your mood. One explanation suggests that light may reach the hypothalamus that controls nerve centers and body functions such as heart action and respiration. The wave length and energy of each color varies with the intensity and this in turn affects us in different ways. Color may bring about a reflex action on the vascular system, but this may be brought about through feelings and emotions. Some studies indicate that red tends to increase perspiration, excite brain waves and raise the blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration. Noticeable muscular reaction or tension and greater frequency of eye blinks result. Blue tends to have a reverse effect by lowering blood pressure and pulse rate. Brain waves tend to decline and skin response is less. Reactions too orange and yellow are similar to red, but less pronounced. Reactions to violet are similar to blue. Colors By Mood Colors often have different symbolic meanings in different cultures. Red for example is associated with rage in America but with happiness/good luck in China. White is the color for weddings in western societies but for funerals in traditional Chinese culture. In American fashion, the color pink is for girls and blue for boys. In the U.S., researchers have generally found the following to be accurate:
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PY 205 taught by Professor Leith during the Spring '08 term at N. Michigan.

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