Responses to colour

colour 300x150Another one of my occasional newsletters. I trust you are doing well. Here’s some interesting research fresh from the labs. It has NOTHING to do with electrotherapy, but deals with our biological responses to colour (a topic I happen to find fascinating). And since the Elexoma device has both red and gray colours in it, I thought I’d share this with you. According to a recent report in ScienceDaily, researchers tested the response rates of volunteers (from school to university level) to various colours.

The test was pretty simple – volunteers had to squeeze a grip when they saw the instruction “Squeeze’ on a screen (if only having babies was that simple). But the screen background colour varied every time the word “Squeeze” appeared. In the end, the researchers found that a red background improved BOTH response rates AND response strength. While this may have benefits in a wide range of applications (think sports), there are drawbacks. Red colour does not enhance learned behaviour and it may encourage “flight” responses instead of “fight” responses in some people. So, I suggest you stick to that Elexoma to boost your brain’s response times. It won’t cause any “flight” reactions. You can read a popular rendition of the research here.

Another study, reported on last year, showed that depressed people matched their mood with a shade of gray instead of blue. So, the old adage of “feeling blue” is a bit misguided. The researchers used a unique colour wheel to do their research. So, if you find yourself preferring grey today, rather jolt yourself with a bit of Elexoma right away! A popular version of this research can be read here.

If you want to do an online colour reaction test on yourself, just go here.

Well, I hope you had as much fun reading this email as I had in writing it.

Shocking Parenting
Microcurrent therapy, video games and dancing