Colour-emotion associations in primary school children

Hannah Butler, Debbie Pope

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009
EventBritish Psychological Society (BPS) Education Section Conference - University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Oct 20092 Nov 2009


ConferenceBritish Psychological Society (BPS) Education Section Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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