The effect of concentrated color on student performance Public Deposited

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  • A study of student performance in relation to concentrated color in the environment was conducted in an elementary school near Portland, Oregon. Third grade classrooms served as laboratories, with the total third grade student population of 83 students serving as subjects. The project covered a four week period of time. An attempt was made to select a period as free of school extra-curricular activities, holidays and weather variability as possible. Three colors--red, green, and grey--were rotated among three classrooms, the fourth classroom serving as a control group with no additional color. Color was introduced through smocks for the teachers to wear for all in-classroom time, folding screens, and background material for bulletin boards and fronts of teachers' desks. These colors were rotated among the three rooms, remaining a week in each of three classrooms. Student performance was measured by scores on tests in arithmetic completion, arithmetic accuracy, spelling completion, spelling accuracy, and pencil pressure used in writing the spelling words. Tests were administered to the students on each Monday and Friday of the four week session. The first series of tests was under normal classroom color conditions. Each classroom received a week of each of the three colors, with the students being tested under each color concentration. Significant score differences occurred between color added and no color added in arithmetic accuracy and pencil pressure. Arithmetic accuracy was greater with no added color, compared with added color, and pencil pressure was lower with no added color, compared with pencil pressure with added color. Further study is recommended in the area of human performance in relation to color in the environment, and the effects of extended color exposure.
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