The Effects of Viewing Different Colors on EEG and Skin Temperature in Humans

Author: Shen Zaiwen//Tone Akiko//Asayama Masami
Affiliation: Dept. of Health Sciences, Chukyo Women's University (Aichi, Japan)
Conference/Journal: J Intl Soc Life Info Science
Date published: 1999
Other: Volume ID: 17 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 105-113 , Word Count: 112

Recently, as a way to relieve stress and fatigue, relaxation methods such as color therapy and color healing have been used. A problem with ways of relaxing the body and mind through color use is the lack of scientific proof and their effectiveness. In this experiment, paper of four different colors (red, blue, black, white) were shown to six subjects for 10 minutes while their skin temperatures, electroencephalogram (EEG), ECG, respiration and heart rates were observed. Significantly different changes in the skin temperatures were recognized for all four colors. For the EEG, the theta, alpha and beta wave frequencies, amplitudes, times and places of appearance with different characteristics were observed for each color.