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10 ways colour affects your mood

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Color and your emotions

How people see color is highly scientific; photoreceptors in your retina translate light energy of various wavelengths into colors. But how people process colors is intricately connected to emotions. Figuring out how color influences mood and behavior aids psychologists, market researchers, designers and just about everyone else, including everyday people who would like to feel better. Color therapy dates back to olden times. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used color as a tool in their healing temples. Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practitioners integrate color into their treatments. Modern color therapy dates back to a 1933 book called “The Spectro Chrometry Encyclopedia” by Dinshah Ghadiali, an Indian scientist. Ghadiali’s contemporary, Dr. Harry Riley Spitler, experimented with the psychological and physiological effects of colored lights shining in patients’ eyes.

While scientists continue to study how color stimulates the brain and produces certain hormones, many color therapists also rely on traditional and folk practices.

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