A comparative analysis of colour–emotion associations in 16–88‐year‐old adults from 31 countries

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Title
A comparative analysis of colour–emotion associations in 16–88‐year‐old adults from 31 countries
Journal
British Journal of Psychology
Author(s)
Jonauskaite Domicele, Epicoco Déborah, Al-rasheed Abdulrahman S., Aruta John Jamir Benzon R., Bogushevskaya Victoria, Brederoo Sanne G., Corona Violeta, Fomins Sergejs, Gizdic Alena, Griber Yulia A., Havelka Jelena, Hirnstein Marco, John George, Jopp Daniela S., Karlsson Bodil, Konstantinou Nikos, Laurent Éric, Marquardt Lynn, Mefoh Philip C., Oberfeld Daniel, Papadatou-Pastou Marietta, Perchtold-Stefan Corinna M., Spagnulo Giulia F. M., Sultanova Aygun, Tanaka Takumi, Tengco-Pacquing Ma. Criselda, Uusküla Mari, Wąsowicz Grażyna, Mohr Christine
ISSN
0007-1269
2044-8295
Publication state
Published
Issued date
02/12/2023
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Language
english
Abstract
As people age, they tend to spend more time indoors, and the colours in their surroundings may significantly impact their mood and overall well-being. However, there is a lack of empirical evidence to provide informed guidance on colour choices, irrespective of age group. To work towards informed choices, we investigated whether the associations between colours and emotions observed in younger individuals also apply to older adults. We recruited 7,393 participants, aged between 16 and 88 years and coming from 31 countries. Each participant associated 12 colour terms with 20 emotion concepts and rated the intensity of each associated emotion. Different age groups exhibited highly similar patterns of colour-emotion associations (average similarity coefficient of 0.97), with subtle yet meaningful age-related differences. Adolescents associated the greatest number but the least positively biased emotions with colours. Older participants associated a smaller number but more intense and more positive emotions with all colour terms, displaying a positivity effect. Age also predicted arousal and power biases, varying by colour. Findings suggest parallels in colour-emotion associations between younger and older adults, with subtle but significant age-related variations. Future studies should next assess whether colour-emotion associations reflect what people actually feel when exposed to colour.
Keywords
Development, Ageing, Colour, Perception, Cross-modal correspondences, Cross-cultural psychology, Affect
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Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation
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05/12/2023 7:19
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