Colors evoke psychological reactions, affecting moods and emotions.(1) Psyche and colors are comprised of atoms and viable/knowable/seeable via light. Green has strong associations with nature, lush grass, trees, and forests. Green is the color of the Heart in ancient text. Associations include money, luck, health, and envy.
Colors are known from the cycles of their wavelengths or electrical magnitude. Longer wavelengths are considered “arousing or warm,” whereas colors such as green that have shorter wavelengths and are “relaxing or cool.”2 Our eyes need to adjust to see colors with longer wavelengths. Not so, to see cool colors. Green positively affects thinking, relationships, and physical health. Green is also thought to relieve stress and help heal. In one study, a green-lit environment improved reading ability in participants, whereas a red-lit environment reduced it.
There are three components needed for the perception of color:
• Light, which supplies the spectral energy required for viewing color. We cannot see color in the dark.
• An object, which modifies the spectral energy from the light source. The different colors affect the light in different ways. For instance, red objects modify the light differently than green objects.
• An observer, whose eye and mind perceive color and appearance.
Color may be evaluated subjectively (visually) or it may be evaluated objectively, as with a spectrophotometer or colorimeter. In order for color to be quantified objectively, all three components of the visual observing situation must be taken into account.
Prolific science communicator and writer Oliver Sacks in An Anthropologist on Mars writes: “Color is not a trivial subject, but one that has compelled, for hundreds of years, a passionate curiosity in the greatest artists, philosophers, and natural scientists. The young Spinoza wrote his first treatise on the rainbow; the young Newton’s most joyous discovery was the composition of white light; Goethe’s great color work, like Newton’s, started with a prism; Schopenhauer, Young, Helmholtz, and Maxwell, in the last century, were all tantalized by the problem of color; and Wittgenstein’s last work was his Remarks on Color. And yet most of us, most of the time, overlook its great mystery.”
Advancements in neurobiology showed us that our perception is a multifaceted kaleidoscope that creates color out of nothing. Color isn’t divine but fabricated. Our Brains make matchups for us and literally create Creation moment by moment, in front of our eyes.
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