Effects of Color on Brain and Body


Lilly Hortis, Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered why you feel certain ways when you see certain colors? According to Kendra Cherry, a writer for Verywell Mind,  “Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence psychological reactions.” Color can affect anything from one’s moods to their feeling and behaviors.


Black: symbol of evil or menace but can also be used as an indicator of power

White: represents purity or innocence and is the color of new beginnings

Red: associated with energy, passion, and action as well as war and danger

Blue: linked to creativity and calmness and also inspires security and serenity

Green: common symbol for renewal and regrowth

Yellow: symbol for happiness and optimism

Brown: evokes a sense of strength and reliability

Orange: symbolizes excitement, enthusiasm, and warmth

Pink: known to have calming effect


As well as evoking emotions, colors are used for chromotherapy. Chromotherapy, used in several ancient cultures, is still used to today as alternative treatment. Listed below are colors and what they were, and still are, thought to heal.


Red: stimulates body and mind

Yellow: stimulates nerves

Orange: heals lungs and increases energy levels

Blue: soothes illness and treats pain

Indigo: alleviates skin problems


So, next time you need energy to do your school work eat an orange while looking at yellow or red or even rewrite your notes in orange, yellow, or red.

Next time you need sleep but can’t stop thinking, wrap yourself up with blue or pink blanket.

(Information from verywellmind.com)