How Colors Affect the Brain – Aaryam S.

I chose this issue because we see colors quite literally, all the time, and I wanted to know how they can influence my behavior, mood or passage of thought. Why this affects me and my family should be pretty self-explanatory, since we too, like normal humans, can see colors. Some things I already knew were that colors can in fact, affect your behavior, and also that the color green had a calming effect, but did not know much in detail. This connects to our learning as colors have can have many mental and social effects in life, which we have learnt about in Wellness. This aspect of Wellness is relevant to me as I had a pretty minor case of depression when I was 9, and a part of it was because most of the colors I saw in the day, in places like my laptop, were blue, or other, dark colors. This affects teenagers since at our age, it is likely that we may experience a lot of mood swings, which may be prevented by our choice of colors.

I learnt that certain colors can cause certain behavioral patterns. Red, orange and yellow, for example increase appetite, red by itself can increase aggressiveness and also attracts attention. Yellow, on the other hand makes you happy, but too much of it can make you feel frustrated or irritated. Meanwhile, orange makes you feel more energetic. The colors, green and blue counteract these effects by decreasing your appetite, and also increase productivity. The color purple is associated with luxury, and people subconsciously respect you more if you’re wearing purple. The color grey decreases productivity as a result of making you feel less energetic. Finally, the color black and some darker blues make you feel depressed, and the color white has no major effects. This expands my learning as it makes me more aware of my surroundings, and why people may behave the way they do in certain conditions. It also explains why most fast-food companies have the colors red or yellow in their logos. I believe that this topic can be very interesting, and more research should be done on it to see just to what extent colors can influence us. Something that was surprising was that wearing the color black may make you come across as ‘aggressive’, as I’ve always associated the color with neutrality, and a sense of calm. Mt thinking has changed since I didn’t really see a color pattern between companies, of the same trade, but now I can notice some and know why they have the same color scheme. Since I didn’t know much about the topic, I didn’t really have any ‘misunderstandings” about it. Some problems about colors affecting the brain’s mentality, is that in some conditions that are supposed to be ‘equal’, colors may give an unfair advantage to some. For example, someone in a boxing or rugby match, a participant might be intimidated my their opposition’s black gear, causing them to be less confident. Another example is that in strategic gaming, it was seen after some research the blue team wins 73% of the time. This is because their team’s blue color tends to make them more strategic about their approach, while the red team, because of the aggressive tendencies the red color causes, barge in without a plan, which usually leads to their demise. Whilst in more straightforward games like first-person shooters, the red team tends to win because the red color stimulates their heart rate, causing better reaction times. There is really no solution to this problem, since you can’t make people stop seeing colors. This influences my thinking about Wellness as it makes me realize that Wellness is associated with even the smallest of things in our lives.

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This image is connected to my topic, since the color red is used on the words, Posts, and Publish. This is because the website wants us to pay attention to these, which can be achieved by using the color red, proving that the things we notice most, or least are also influenced by colors.

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