Colour Psychology- Child Behaviour and Learning through colours
Colours add dimensions to life and for a child who is beginning to form a perception of the world, it is imperative that we fill in his world of perceptive reality with the right colours. Colours have a deep psychological impact on children's minds and in a lot many ways influence their behaviour. Colour constitutes a part of an electromagnetic spectrum which has a wavelength and frequency affecting the mood of a child at a specific given point. It is a very vast subject that we'll try and understand in lucid terms.
Consequent physical reactions:
Children also react to colours on a physical level. The wavelength and energy of each colour varies and affects children differently. This happens because the light enters the Hypothalamus which controls the nerve centres as well as the rate of heart beat and respiration. Even new-borns react to light, the treatment of jaundice in new-borns conducted using blue light is a testament of that. The blue colour reduces blood pressure. The physical reaction to violet colour is same as that to blue. Reactions to orange, red and yellow are also similar to each other. This happens because colour brings about a vascular reflex action by increasing perspiration, the eye blinking rate and also stimulating a noticeable muscular reaction.
The reactions to temperature of the colour also vary. While some colours can have a calming effect, others end up getting people full of excitement. Similarly, there is also a difference in the impact of one colour just like cool colours might stimulate one and relax another.
Learning patterns of children:
Since colours can connect with the neuro-pathways of the brain, finding the correct colour for problems related to children makes the entire experience of learning for a child very smooth and easy. In experiments where children are made to wear goggles of their favourite colour for completing pegboard tests, the result in solving the tests is much faster as compared to the results when they wear any other coloured goggles. This phenomenon is also reflective in the clothes that we choose for our children. The emotional state of a child is always more positive when their favourite colours adorn them. It is only by putting a yardstick for colours do we allow for ourselves to build a universe for our children.
Understanding the different colours:
It is very important to have a sense of colours and accordingly play with them to have a positive impact on our memory and emotions. Different colours, due to different scientific properties, bear varied results. A basic knowledge of them lets you handle colours with wisdom.
- Yellow : Yellow stimulates intelligence and is ideal for use in kids’ rooms, study rooms and play areas. It is the colour of happiness and sunshine for children but should not be overdone since overexposure to it can harm a child's mind.
- Red : The colour of passion and strong feelings of threat, love, or excess stimulus, red looks very good in school rooms. It can be used in a combination with other colours as it can help in detail oriented or repetitive tasks.
- Blue: It enhances creativity and stimulates a cool and relaxing environment. It should not be used in excess as it can also depress or invoke feelings of sorrow.
- Green: The colour of abundance can relax and contribute to better health in kids.
- Pink: This is a calming colour. It can lower your rate of heart beat.
- Purple: This colour is ideal for kids because of its attention-catching tendency.
- Orange: Many educational institutes use this colour since it enhances critical thinking and memory. Test rooms in this colour are known to enhance performance in exams.
Colours have a serious impact on stimulation of learning, moods, concentration and behaviour. Colours are also linked to brain development, decreased absenteeism and enhanced productivity in children. We should be a little precautious in buying clothes, painting our house or decorations. This will not only give us a better understanding but also will develop our children in a controlled and efficient way, keeping them happy and entertained.