Today, I made the brave or somewhere foolish decision to redecorate our home. Both me and my husband were born with Aspergers but like any people with Aspergers will tell you no two people with it are the same. Firstly I am an extrovert where he is an introvert, he thinks in pictures and I think in numbers.
So we see colour in a completely different terms. Where I think colours represent emotions but my other half is not bothered. This made me think of how colour can effect some people with the difference. I decided to see if there was a difference between how I process colour and what effect it has on people who have a sensitivity to colour. Right, so start on Google, which came up with a million and one little sites. So lets try their own scholar app. This came up with some interesting looking articles, the first was a case study by Ludlow et al (2009) which claimed to identify that colours can be used to mediate behaviour issues in Aspergers. Problem I can see with this study is its only one child in the case study and so does not give a balanced viewpoint. The findings of this study shows that when the subject had a specific coloured glasses on, he was less anxious. I’m a little sceptical but then I remembered that I prefer wearing sunglasses that have purple shading. So maybe?
The interest in this lead me to see if neuro-typical people have an emotional attachment or emotional perception of colours. Well studies such as David Simmons in 2009, showed that out of 250 participants in the study attach emotions to a colour for example red for anger. So now I am even more confused and I have around 14 colours painted over my living room wall. Advantage of this, my husband has worked out what colours and where in the house they need to go on (I love his visual mind!). So anxiety meltdown averted. Hopefully now we can decorate the whole house and finish our spring cleaning.
- Ludlow, A.K. and Wilkins, A.J. (2009) ‘Colour as a therapeutic intervention’. Available at: http://www.essex.ac.uk/psychology/overlays/2009-182.pdf
- Biggum, C.P., Hough, C.A., Kay, C.J. and Simmons, D.R. (2009) ‘New Directions in Colour Studies’ Available at Amazon UK on the following link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Directions-Colour-Studies-Carole-Biggam/dp/9027211884/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1460660480&sr=1-1&keywords=new+directions+in+colour+studies
- Valdez, P., Mehrabian, A. (1994) ‘Effects of colour on Emotions’ Journal of experiemental Psychology, Volume 123, Issue 4, pgs. 394-409. Available at: http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/xge/123/4/394/
- Küller, R., Ballal, S., Laika, T., Mikelides, B. and Tonello, G. (2006) ‘The impact of light and colour on psychological mood: a cross-cultural study of indoor work environments’ Ergonomics, Volume 49, Issue 14, pgs. 1496-1507. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00140130600858142