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Presentation Title

The Effects of Color on Emotion Recognition in Cartoons

Location

Durand Art Institute, 2nd Floor Balcony

Abstract

Color vision facilitates our efforts to extract meaning from what we see, including the facial expressions and body language of others. We hypothesized that particular color-emotion combinations can facilitate or inhibit, respectively, recognition of the emotions depicted in facial expressions. To test this hypothesis, we presented 30 different cartoon characters, 15 showing anger and 15 showing sadness in varying color combinations, to 40 participants in a reaction time test. Results confirm that participants are faster to react to the predicted color-emotion combinations (e.g., red angry faces and sad blue faces) and slower to react to the opposite color-emotion combinations.

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-8-2014 2:40 PM

End Date

4-8-2014 4:00 PM

Panel

Posters: Perception and RTILs

Field of Study for Presentation

Psychology

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Apr 8th, 2:40 PM Apr 8th, 4:00 PM

The Effects of Color on Emotion Recognition in Cartoons

Durand Art Institute, 2nd Floor Balcony

Color vision facilitates our efforts to extract meaning from what we see, including the facial expressions and body language of others. We hypothesized that particular color-emotion combinations can facilitate or inhibit, respectively, recognition of the emotions depicted in facial expressions. To test this hypothesis, we presented 30 different cartoon characters, 15 showing anger and 15 showing sadness in varying color combinations, to 40 participants in a reaction time test. Results confirm that participants are faster to react to the predicted color-emotion combinations (e.g., red angry faces and sad blue faces) and slower to react to the opposite color-emotion combinations.