HUE DONE IT

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WHAT colours do to your body. This week: Red

SEE­ING red isn’t just about get­ting an­gry. View­ing this colour makes your body re­act faster and more force­fully, stud­ies sug­gest.

In one of two ex­per­i­ments pub­lished in the jour­nal Emo­tion, 30 chil­dren were asked to read aloud a num­ber, printed in grey or red, be­fore pinch­ing and hold­ing open a metal clasp. For the sec­ond ex­per­i­ment , 46 stu­dents squeezed a hand-grip with their dom­i­nant hand, while read­ing aloud the word ‘ squeeze’, shown against a red, blue or grey back­ground.

In both ex­per­i­ments, red sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased the strength the par­tic­i­pants used. They also re­acted faster.

These find­ings tie in with previous re­search that found red trig­gers the re­lease of adren­a­line and in­creases mus­cle ten­sion.

An­drew El­liot, a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at New York’s Univer­sity of Rochester, says red is likely to en­hance phys­i­cal re­ac­tions be­cause it is seen as a dan­ger sig­nal. ‘Hu­mans flush when they are an­gry or pre­par­ing for at­tack. Peo­ple are acutely aware of such red­den­ing in oth­ers.’

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