Color and psychological functioning: the effect of red on performance attainment.

@article{Elliot2007ColorAP,
  title={Color and psychological functioning: the effect of red on performance attainment.},
  author={A. Elliot and Markus A. Maier and A. Moller and Ron Friedman and J. Meinhardt},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  year={2007},
  volume={136 1},
  pages={
          154-68
        }
}
This research focuses on the relation between color and psychological functioning, specifically, that between red and performance attainment. Red is hypothesized to impair performance on achievement tasks, because red is associated with the danger of failure in achievement contexts and evokes avoidance motivation. Four experiments demonstrate that the brief perception of red prior to an important test (e.g., an IQ test) impairs performance, and this effect appears to take place outside of… Expand
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