Whether the reason is general application or inherited genetic traits, the color red is always the most attractive one for many of us. The aim of this study was to investigate effects of this intense color on motor task performance. Eleven college students (6 female and 5 male) ranging in age from 20 to 23 years old participated in this study. Three primary colors in a standard color wheel (red, yellow, blue) were used for encoloring visual stimuli, target objects and backgrounds of target objects. A simple visual-search and reaching-grasping task was expected from the participants by using three different measurement setups which were prepared in the sense of cognitive difficulty. Results indicate that stimulus color has a significant effect on reaction time. Independent of setup complexity, when the stimulus color was red, reaction times were significantly shorter in all trials. These results gave rise another contribution to the argument that stands for emotional conditioning existence, resulting from color-emotional association and corresponding behavioral change in connection with thalamo-amygdala pathway.
red, emotion, threat, amygdala, short-route, response, movement, performance