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The Effect of Color on Emotions


Can color affect a person’s emotional state?


  • Participants willing to answer a questionnaire each day for one week.


  1. Find 20 or so volunteers who are willing to answer a few simple questions each day for a week (you can run the experiment longer if you have time). Try to choose volunteers from different social circles. Do not let your subjects know that you are taking notes on the colors they are wearing.
  2. Keep a different page for each of your volunteers. Use their names in your notes but let them know that they will remain anonymous when the results are presented.
  3. Find your first subject, or plan to meet with them quickly at a certain time each day.
  4. In your notebook, quickly jot down the time and a few notes about the subject’s outfit.
  5. Ask your subject to describe how they felt when they woke up in the morning. Insist that they go into more depth than simply “sleepy.”
  6. Record their answer in your notebook.
  7. Ask your subject how they feel now.
  8. Record their answer in your notebook.
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 for each subject on each day.
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