Date of Presentation

4-26-2019 12:00 PM

College

College of Science & Mathematics

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Eve Sledjeski

Poster Abstract

Program: BS in Psychological Science

IRB#: Pro2018000277

The current study investigates the relationship between color and time perception. Prior research suggests that red stimuli create a greater temporal distortion than other colors, and that the direction of the distortion (i.e. underestimation or overestimation) varies with context. Research also shows that red stimuli tend to have negative effects on performance in academic contexts, perhaps due to the psychological and physiological arousal. This study specifically investigates the effect of arousal on this relationship, being the first to investigate the relationship between red, time perception, arousal, and task performance on a concurrent task in a mediation model. It is expected that red stimuli will cause poorer performance and greater overestimation of duration compared to a blue control group. Participants were randomly assigned to a red and a blue condition, and completed a maze task printed in either red or blue ink while their heart rate was monitored throughout the task. They were then asked to estimate the time they took to complete the task, and this estimate will be compared to their actual time. They also filled out a measure of subjective emotional response. The analysis will be a mediation model conducted through hierarchical linear regression, with physiological and subjective arousal as potential mediators for the relationship between color and both task performance and temporal distortion. Results will be discussed.

Student Keywords

Time Perception, Color, Task Performance, Arousal, Red, Blue

Disciplines

Cognition and Perception | Cognitive Psychology | School Psychology

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Apr 26th, 12:00 PM

The Effect of Color on Time Perception and Task Performance

Program: BS in Psychological Science

IRB#: Pro2018000277

The current study investigates the relationship between color and time perception. Prior research suggests that red stimuli create a greater temporal distortion than other colors, and that the direction of the distortion (i.e. underestimation or overestimation) varies with context. Research also shows that red stimuli tend to have negative effects on performance in academic contexts, perhaps due to the psychological and physiological arousal. This study specifically investigates the effect of arousal on this relationship, being the first to investigate the relationship between red, time perception, arousal, and task performance on a concurrent task in a mediation model. It is expected that red stimuli will cause poorer performance and greater overestimation of duration compared to a blue control group. Participants were randomly assigned to a red and a blue condition, and completed a maze task printed in either red or blue ink while their heart rate was monitored throughout the task. They were then asked to estimate the time they took to complete the task, and this estimate will be compared to their actual time. They also filled out a measure of subjective emotional response. The analysis will be a mediation model conducted through hierarchical linear regression, with physiological and subjective arousal as potential mediators for the relationship between color and both task performance and temporal distortion. Results will be discussed.