Psychology of Colors
"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions" - Pablo Picasso.
 In this lesson, I will introduce you to colors, take you on a journey through the labyrinths of colors- both, the black and white side, and the rainbow side of it. Laced within the lesson you will find experiments with art, science, and music against colors that'll help you to know color in a whole new shade. Finally, I will be answering some very interesting questions like: Did you ever know that Flamingos are Pink due to Pink pigments in their diet? Come along with me and discover colors like never before! Bonus: A personality test.
by Eman Sayed Fathy
2 years, 6 months ago
A lot of people mistaken "Sir Isaac Newton" for "Leonardo DaVinci" as the one who developed the 1st circular diagram of colors. In 1666, Netwon was the one to discover that when a pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into what we call now "Colors".

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The history of color theory can only be understood in the context of the history of all natural science. If we looked back throughout history, we will find an evolution and not a revolution of colors. 

On 1950's, you will find Pink and White are the color combination of automobiles, while today's trends are Silver, Black, and White. If you are going to search for the reason, so you need to consider economics and many other reasons included.

"The Basic Color Theory" is consisted of:

  1. The Color Wheel.
  2. Color Harmony.
  3. The context of how colors are used.
  1. The Colors of the Wheel: A Color wheel is disk-shaped divided equally into 12 sections, each displaying a different color according to its "Pigment" values. Its primary colors are (Red, Blue, and Yellow). Pigments are colors that can't be mixed or formed by any other combination of colors.
  2. Color Harmony: Color Harmony is the art and science of putting together colors that look pleasing to the eye.
  3.  The context of how colors are used: Recently, teachers are allowing students to create their own color wheel after knowing the meaning of complementary and clash colors as a way of painting their own "within" character. Painting with colors became "Personal".
Colors affect us in many ways, we can conclude them together in three:
  1.  Universal Effect.
  2.  Cultural Effect.
  3.  Individual Effect.
There are also two ways of responding to colors:
  1. Behavioral Response: Which is natural, like feeling energetic, passionate, and powerful once you experience the color "Red" and feeling totally the opposite when you experience the color "Blue", which drives you to be calm and relaxed.
  2. Learned Response: Which grows with us along the way of our life and being affected by experiences.
Color is one of the fundamental elements of our existence, and defines our world in ...
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Structural color has been studied since the time of Newton and Hooke, who observed structural color in soap bubbles. Structural coloration (as Wikipedia definition): is the production of color by microscopically structured surfaces fine enough to interfere with visible light, sometimes in combination with pigments: for example, Peacock tail feathers are pigmented brown, but their structure makes them appear blue, turquoise, and green, and often they appear iridescent. In this video, we will see Kate Nichols, as a female artist longing to paint with iridescent colors of butterfly wings via the pigmentation of colors, but such pigments don't exist. So, she will start exploring structural colors to make her dream come true.
Artist Kate Nichols longed to paint with the iridescent colors of butterfly wings, but no ...
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An experiment by RadioLab NYC shows to conduct what they called "The Choral of Color". The idea was to translate colors from Orange and Green to insanely Red and Super-Duper Ultraviolet, ended with a catchy "Mantis Shrimp" version of the Hallelujah chorus. Very interesting!
When WNYC's science-and-wonder show Radiolab was working on a program about colors, it needed ...
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Three days around the March Full Moon, a major festival in India takes place. It is the oldest festival, it is called "Holi". Holi celebrates the arrival of the Spring season by coloring the loved ones, offering Gujiyas and other sweets, also gather to get intoxicated on the Bhang!

As a foreigner, you will be a target, so you better be ready with dyed water color to be shot from syringes and take a shelter from the thrown balloons.

Watch this video to fall in love with it, and make sure to give India a visit around the same time, the time of sharing love with colors!

Праздник цвета. Музыка: Amrit Kirtan ~ Sacred Circle Мантра Патанджали: Вах Янти Кар Янти Джаг Дут ...
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I was trying to find a simple and a clear definition for Synesthesia and I couldn't find a better answer other than an answer from someone who is experiencing it:
  1. " I'm Synesthetic. That means I mix certain senses in my head. A lot of people have it; some see colors when they hear music, others can taste words or smell colors. I have Grapheme - Color Synesthesia, for one. That on is quite common; I see letters and numbers as colors. I can also see time in space and color."
  2. "I can see time! It's as if I'm in the centre and I'm turning around slowly as the year goes by" says Holly Branigan, a scientist at Edinburgh University.
  3. "If you are a Synaesthetic with a red A, your A has always been red and will always be red." says Dr. Julian Simner, a psychologist from Edinburgh University.
* The video attached shows more about others who experience the same.

Boing Boing presents a remix of "Synesthesia," a documentary directed by Jonathan Fowler ( ...
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  • What is color Blindness?

“Color blindness isn’t much different than being tone deaf. Just because you can’t hear the particular notes, doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy the music.” said an Optometrist.

The term “Color Blindness” is a bit misleading – most “Color Blind” people see colors, but their color perception is limited and inaccurate. In simple words, Color Blindness is the inability to distinguish the differences between certain colors. It has been said “It is a man’s problem” reference to the fact that 8% of color blindness cases are of men, and only 0.5% of women!

  • How does it happen?

Color Blindness occurs when there is a problem with the color-seeing pigments in certain nerve cells of the eye. These cells are called cones which exist at the back of the eye. Most forms of color blindness are genetic and inherited conditions.

  • What kind of troubles do they face?

They face troubles with traffic lights, chemistry labs experiments, directions, cooking, etc.

  • What are the types of Color Blindness?

- Red Deficiency. (Protan Condition)

- Green Deficiency. (Deuteran Condition)

- Blue Deficiency. (Very Rare)

The most severe form of color blindness is Achromatopsia, which you can say is like living in a film noir! Everything is Grey! TV is still black and white!

  • How do they see colors?

The colorblind have a narrowed color perception. Green is still green and red is still red most of the time, but not as vibrant or bright as a non colorblind would see it.

A funny fact: Many colorblind people aren't even aware that they have a ‘Color Blindness condition”.

* In the video attached, we will see Neil Harbisson, a Achromatopsia person explaining how did he conquered his black and white world with colors. Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days ...
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Mirrors were originally created by placing a transparent, greenish glass over a reflective Silver backing, which is usually visible at the edges. This is why mirrors are often perceived as Silver and also Green.Though mirrors do reflect whatever light shined on them as they don't emit or transmit colors.
LEARN MORE and, in order of appearence: Watch Molly dance!
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I found this theory causing a big argument on the net, and I found one satisfying answer (at least) for me: If we mixed the Red and Blue color together, we will get any degree from Lavender to Magenta depends on the ratio of the Red and Blue color used. And, that is where you kind find Pink also!But, still...the question is in the air, so I contacted the owners of the video to ask for more clarification and here is what they replied back with: 

Question: Is there a Pink color?

Answer: White light contains all wavelengths of visible light, and when you pass it through a prism (o reflect in a raindrop) the different wavelengths spread out. So, looking at a rainbow will show you all of the possible wavelengths of light. Is there a pink in ROYGBV? Nope. In order for something to look pink, it must reflect (or emit) all the colors of the rainbow EXCEPT for green. Sp pink is made up of a bunch of other colors of light…it doesn’t exist on its own.

Question: Does that mean that other colors like Grey, Silver, and Black (Whatever is not shown in a rainbow) are experiencing the same?

Answer: Grey us just Dim white light (i.e. all colors mixed together), black us just very Dim (or no) light, and silver is not exactly a color. Look at anything “Silvery” and you will see it is just reflecting the world around.

Sandrine Ceurstemont, editor, New Scientist TV You've probably seen light that looks pink, but ...
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  • In 1666, Sir Isaac Newton was the one to discover colors.
  • "The Basic Color Theory" is consisted of:
  1. The Color Wheel.
  2. Color Harmony.
  3. The context of how colors are used.
  • Colors affects:
  1. Universal Effect.
  2. Cultural Effect.
  3. Individual Effect.
  • Responding to colors:
  1. Behavioral Response:
  2. Learned Response.
  • Structural coloration is the production of color by microscopically structured surfaces fine enough to interfere with visible light, sometimes in combination with pigments.
  • Synesthesia and Color Blindess are being experienced differently from a person to another.
  • Colors can make you feel happy or sad, it can make you feel hungry or relaxed. Color Psychology is the effects of colors on the human mood or behaviour. 
  • It is also said to be "The Silent Language".
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After knowing everything about colors and its psychology, spare 5 minutes more to test your personality based on your choice of colors?

This test has been created by Dr. Max LÃscher based on many research on the topic of colors psychology where at the end, you will get an analysis of your personality, your stress sources, objective and actual problems.

About me, I found that I am "Outgoing, but unpredictable and unstable". See what you find about yourself!

ColorQuiz is a free five minute personality test based on decades of research by color ...
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1. What is Color?
2. How Colors Impact Characters, Feelings, Trends, and Art?
3. Art vs Science vs Color
4. Music vs Colors
5. Holi - The Festival of Color
6. How does it feel like to have Synesthesia?
7. Listening to Picasso!
8. Confusing Question no.1: What color is a mirror?
9. Confusing Question no.2: Is there a Pink color?
10. Summary
11. Color Quiz - Personality Test
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