Simulated Studies of Color, Arousal, and Comfort

  • Rikard Küller
  • Byron Mikellides


Color psychology is applied all the time in our everyday environments, in the form of paint and graphics both outdoors and indoors, and also in the form of artificially lit spaces. Are the effects of color on the human organism so extreme that our physical and mental hygiene depends on them? Could lack of color in our internal and external spaces not only cause ugliness and boredom but also be responsible for physiological discomfort or stress reactions? The aim of the present chapter is to review the research on color in three areas that have caused considerable confusion during the last 50 years. Most of this research has been carried out in simulated situations, some of which seem to have been barren of any contact with reality.


Blue Light Thermal Comfort Skin Conductance Visual Complexity Color Constancy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rikard Küller
    • 1
  • Byron Mikellides
    • 2
  1. 1.Environmental Psychology Unit, School of ArchitectureLund Institute of TechnologyLundSweden
  2. 2.Architectural Psychology Unit, School of ArchitectureOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordEngland

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