Colour-emotion associations in primary school children

Butler, Hannah and Pope, Debbie (2009) Colour-emotion associations in primary school children. BPS Education Section Annual Conference, 31st October - 2nd November, 2009, Preston.

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Determination by Government agency, clinicians and educational professionals to implement social and emotional well-being schemes within the educational environment has brought considerations of child emotional development to the fore. This study investigates the role of colour in relation to children’s emotional associations. Primary school children (N= 40, M age = 7.38; SD = 0.49) were administered colour assessment tasks (adapted from Burkitt, Barrett & Davis, 2003), the Kusche Affective Interview-Revised (Kusche, Beilke & Greenberg, 1988), the Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test (Brownell, 2000), and an adapted Dyslexia Early Screening test (Nicholson & Fawcett, 1996) for indication of motor ability. Whilst the results identify no specific gender differences in underlying verbal ability and motor skills, there are found to be significant gender differences in expressions of emotion and assignment of colour to emotion. Important discussion and consideration is drawn from this study particularly in the potential implications of the colour-emotion links to psychometric testing and their influences within everyday situations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 14:42

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