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Students’ colour perception and preference: an empirical analysis of its relationship

Ab Jalil, Nurlelawati and Mohd. Yunus, Rodzyah and S. Said, Normahdiah (2013) Students’ colour perception and preference: an empirical analysis of its relationship. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 90. pp. 575-582. ISSN 1877-0428

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In learning environment, colour is believe to be able to cause positive or negative behaviour such as avoidance or withdrawal behaviour; affecting performance and stimulate senses. It is learned that visual stimulation contributes to improvement of attention span, develops cognitive abilities and refresh one’s perception towards his environment but varied due to differences of gender and background. This paper focuses on perception and preferences of colours for hostel room as a learning environment amongst undergraduate students at Universiti Teknologi MARA and Universiti Putra Malaysia. It aims to verify the previous findings concerning preference differences among gender in a population and extends the method using visible colour survey. 798 students who are also the hostel residents aged between 19 to 27 years old took part in this random survey. The survey recorded patterns of students’ colour preferences and recommendation colour for their hostel rooms. The preference survey includes 11 colours (red, blue, green, pink, purple, brown, orange, yellow, white, black and gray) together with colour description in value and saturation level with five point Likert scales. Furthermore, the respondents were asked to indicate 12 emotional responses and nominated their preferred colour directly using visible colour survey method from a three dimensional unit of Munsell Colour Tree. The analysis reveals various patterns of colour preferences when the colour options are visible between genders which significantly influence their preference behaviour. The outcomes become the turning point to investigate the effects of colour on students’ alertness during learning activity based on subjects’ preferences and existing colour theory.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5247/47075
Uncontrolled Keywords: Colour preference; emotion; colour perception; learning environment
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings > NA4170 Public buildings
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings > NA6600 Education buildings
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament > NK1700 Interior decoration. House decoration
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Applied Arts and Design
Depositing User: Dr. Nurlelawati Ab. Jalil
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2016 16:08
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 16:08
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/47075

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