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    What make us like 'this' color but not 'that' one? I know there may be some link with our childhood, but I'd like to know psychological explanation. Which part of the brain is used in such process?


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    Okay, what is your favorite color and why?


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    the vibrant green of a water meadow after a rain

    The pinkish moist glow of a lovers body during coitus

    The deep greys of a troubled sky during a thunderstorm

    The golden glow of a sunset

    the deep purple of violets in the springtime

    why? these are emotional reactions
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    Okay, what is your favorite color and why?
    Black, because I like Negroes.
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    Green for it isn't easy being green.


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    Green for it isn't easy being green.
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    Yellow for you.

    EDIT: Did I write that?

    I was sure I wrote yellow for me.
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    I have two, blue and orange.

    I like blue because it is naturally "pretty" to me, orange is mostly due to environmental reasons. So in theory, blue is my true favourite colour and orange has just been "forced" on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hymenophyllum View Post
    What make us like 'this' color but not 'that' one? I know there may be some link with our childhood, but I'd like to know psychological explanation. Which part of the brain is used in such process?
    I think you've completely missed the point.
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    Okay, what is your favorite color and why?
    Black, because I like Negroes.
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    I have no favourite colour, although I have noticed that colour appears to be a very important parameter in american culture.

    I dont know but I presume its a combination of cultural influences (ex: that boys are not supposed to like pink, or that you are expected to have a favourite colour) and personal associations (pleasant person/landscape/object/experience vs unpleasant person/landscape/object/experience)

    My own Preferences for colour, are diverse and highly contextual, and change over time (ex: Im less likely to prefer as a colour for a new car, the same colour of my previous car)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hymenophyllum View Post
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    Okay, what is your favorite color and why?
    Black, because I like Negroes.
    Are you sure that black is your favorite color, and if you are, are you sure it's because you like Negroes? If both are true, than you answered yourself.. we love certain color because we connect it with something we love.
    For example many people would say blue because they associate it with sky/sea/or simply it feels good to look at blue color. But mostly people who say blue have no idea why they said that color.. at least from my experience..

    Sometimes I envy people that have favorite color, I used to say green, only because it associate me with nature.. but it's not the green color I like, it's nature.
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    no.....I love blue.....always have....it can calm me, make me passionate....make me laugh...help me when I cry....seeing blue....then again...I live by the ocean in two places......blue sky.....blue sea....blue eyes......blue moon..er I can sing it for ya!
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    Blue?

    I wear a lot of blue but I can't stand it in my environment. I find it depressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Blue?

    I wear a lot of blue but I can't stand it in my environment. I find it depressing.
    how different people are!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HB3l1 View Post
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    Okay, what is your favorite color and why?
    Black, because I like Negroes.
    Are you sure that black is your favorite color, and if you are, are you sure it's because you like Negroes? If both are true, than you answered yourself.. we love certain color because we connect it with something we love.
    For example many people would say blue because they associate it with sky/sea/or simply it feels good to look at blue color. But mostly people who say blue have no idea why they said that color.. at least from my experience..

    Sometimes I envy people that have favorite color, I used to say green, only because it associate me with nature.. but it's not the green color I like, it's nature.
    Dude it was ironic answer for unnecessary question.
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    I don't know why it was unnecessary question, it suits perfectly with your question.. I tried to make yourself answering your own question, and if you re-read my last post you'll see that I knew that you was either joking or being ironic, ''If both are true, than you answered yourself''.
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    Sometimes it is better not knowing than having an answer that may be wrong.
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    My favourite colour is lime purple.
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    Every color has their perfection in different contexts.

    I think choosing a "Favorite color" is a psychological need to feel individualistic and apply some uniqueness to your personality, the need to feel special or something based on personal ego.

    I have no favorite color, because I think every color has its beauty and faults based on context/scenario.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmbettencourt View Post
    I have two, blue and orange.

    I like blue because it is naturally "pretty" to me, orange is mostly due to environmental reasons. So in theory, blue is my true favourite colour and orange has just been "forced" on me.
    Were your parents hoping for a boy, and started you out with a blue room?

    I don't have a favorite color, but I do very much like that I have color vision.
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    I like black of a sunny winter's day
    because
    it is warm to the touch
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    We all have to be careful about liking certain colours. A friend's MIL was a wonderful furniture restorer, upholsterer, decorator. She completely changed a smallish room in her house to a cosy breakfast room. All warm colours that she'd always liked and the room was on the shady, cooler side of the house. Chose a truly beautiful wall paper - a soft red with small sprigs of flowers which you could hardly see, they just broke up the colour a bit. Built in a seating bench with tailored cushions as well as restoring a couple of antique kitchen chairs and matching seat pads to go with the table she had also restored. I thought it looked gorgeous. It was a real contender for a Home Beautiful feature article.

    She used it exactly twice. The first time she felt anxious and edgy but attributed it to having a bad day. The next time she felt the same - only worse. Discovered far too late that she found red / reddish walls in a room oppressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raziell View Post
    Every color has their perfection in different contexts.

    I think choosing a "Favorite color" is a psychological need to feel individualistic and apply some uniqueness to your personality, the need to feel special or something based on personal ego.

    I have no favorite color, because I think every color has its beauty and faults based on context/scenario.
    Different colors elicit different psychological responses.
    not everyone reacts the same, but by and large:
    reds make white people look sexier
    deep purples, greens and blues are relaxing
    greens and blues are good for bathrooms
    etc...

    There have been quite literally hundreds of studies into the psychology of color. From interior design, to clothiers to sales and marketing, the shared (universal?)responses to color have been sought for hundreds if not thousands of years. Mood controlling color schemes seem to have been employed as far back and the Minoan architecture, and were certainly employed in rome. Red ochre was used tens of thousands of years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    We all have to be careful about liking certain colours. A friend's MIL was a wonderful furniture restorer, upholsterer, decorator. She completely changed a smallish room in her house to a cosy breakfast room. All warm colours that she'd always liked and the room was on the shady, cooler side of the house. Chose a truly beautiful wall paper - a soft red with small sprigs of flowers which you could hardly see, they just broke up the colour a bit. Built in a seating bench with tailored cushions as well as restoring a couple of antique kitchen chairs and matching seat pads to go with the table she had also restored. I thought it looked gorgeous. It was a real contender for a Home Beautiful feature article.

    She used it exactly twice. The first time she felt anxious and edgy but attributed it to having a bad day. The next time she felt the same - only worse. Discovered far too late that she found red / reddish walls in a room oppressive.
    I like red lights at night as they don't shock your eyes with brightness and apparently red doesn't bother me a bit. Also, camera's can take very cool pictures with only red light available.
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    My favourite color
    ...is one that doesn't exist in the real universe. I'm a synesthetic, and I associate colors with words ( but strangely not isolated letters or numbers, in my particular case ); some words "look" to me like colors that do not actually exist in the real world, and I have no name for them. My favourite one is a color that is somewhere between azure and deep aquamarine, and has a bit of turquoise in it, but is neither of which. The name "Sinead" feels to me like this, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    We all have to be careful about liking certain colours. ...
    When I build our house, my wife's office is in the long part of the 20 x 28 ft. roughly L shaped bedroom(I put it there so she could read in bed, or work at the desk, as her working never disturbed my sleep, but if I was working late, or early, it would disturb hers). I designed it where it is so that when sitting at her desk, she could swivel her chair and have views to the outside, east, north and south. To give the illusion of greater depth, I underpainted the far end of her office with deep purple, then overpainted with a light rose color, drybrushing the colors together, and leaving it darkest(more purple) in the far corners., then painted the vaulted ceiling of the bedroom part of the space in shades of blue, then painted clouds as separate clouds high up descending into continuous clouds as the colors met at the tops of the walls. The color scheme worked quite well, giving the bedroom a light airy feeling, and the depths of her office seemed farther away as you gazed into it.

    And, then, she confided that she absolutely hated purple----and commented that the illusion of depth made her feel like she was descending into a dungeon when heading into her office------
    OOPS
    So, I repainted, obliterating several days of work, to the rather bland whitish rose color.
    Her office has a obtuse corner like an open L at the far end. The floor is cherry wood, and I built a cherry desktop that is 11 feet long on the short side of her L and 15 feet long on the bedroom length of the L while she was away on business.
    When she returned and had the opportunity to sit at the desk, and swivel, etc... she finally appreciated what I had been trying to achieve. And, seemed to appreciate the fact that I had acted on her objections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    My favourite color
    ... I'm a synesthetic, and I associate colors with words ... .
    I suspect that to different levels and effects, we all are, we all do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
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    My favourite color
    ... I'm a synesthetic, and I associate colors with words ... .
    I suspect that to different levels and effects, we all are, we all do.
    If a person was born blind, would they be able to think or dream in color? If not, how does that work with them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    I suspect that to different levels and effects, we all are, we all do.
    I don't know. I was never aware that my perception was different from that of others, until I hit primary school and found out that the other kids don't share my associations
    I also associate days of the week with specific colours, and months of the year with specific positions in a square.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    If a person was born blind, would they be able to think or dream in color?
    Interesting question. All I can say is that I don't visually "see" the colors, but rather that I "feel" or "associate" them. Also, as mentioned, some of the colors do not exist in the real world, so I have certainly never physically seen them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    If a person was born blind, would they be able to think or dream in color?
    Interesting question. All I can say is that I don't visually "see" the colors, but rather that I "feel" or "associate" them. Also, as mentioned, some of the colors do not exist in the real world, so I have certainly never physically seen them.
    Yes, but you do know what color is visually and can never un-see that. A person born blind has never visualized color, and they have the same problem describing that to a sighted person as a sighted person has trying get the blind person to really understand what color is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    A person born blind has never visualized color
    This is true, but the experience of synethesia is quite unlike the conventional process of "visualisation". I really don't know how to adequately describe it - when I hear or read a word, I don't "see" the associated color in the sense that it somehow floats in front of my eyes, but I just experience it directly. Now, I can't give any scientific evidence to support this, but I am not so sure that a blind person wouldn't be able to able to experience colors in the context of synesthesia, even if he was blind since birth. In fact, based on my own experience, I am fairly sure he can. I was only able to find this :

    What Is Synesthesia? My Experience Living With Synesthesia

    People have asked how I "see" the notes. To better clarifty, I don't actually see them -- there's no big blue note floating in front of me like a hallucination. Instead, the color is in my mind; it's more like a perception of blue or green than anything. What's interesting is that they've done studies on blind people with synesthesia and even they can see colors in their heads; in doing brain scans of these synesthetes, they've found that the portion of the mind that allows us to view colors is active when they're experiencing synesthesia.
    I can't find the study he mentions, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Hanke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    A person born blind has never visualized color
    This is true, but the experience of synethesia is quite unlike the conventional process of "visualization". I really don't know how to adequately describe it - when I hear or read a word, I don't "see" the associated color in the sense that it somehow floats in front of my eyes, but I just experience it directly. Now, I can't give any scientific evidence to support this, but I am not so sure that a blind person wouldn't be able to able to experience colors in the context of synesthesia, even if he was blind since birth. In fact, based on my own experience, I am fairly sure he can. I was only able to find this :

    What Is Synesthesia? My Experience Living With Synesthesia

    People have asked how I "see" the notes. To better clarify, I don't actually see them -- there's no big blue note floating in front of me like a hallucination. Instead, the color is in my mind; it's more like a perception of blue or green than anything. What's interesting is that they've done studies on blind people with synesthesia and even they can see colors in their heads; in doing brain scans of these synesthetes, they've found that the portion of the mind that allows us to view colors is active when they're experiencing synesthesia.
    I can't find the study he mentions, though.
    Very interesting, I can imagine for those that hear in color. that ringing or constant hissing could be a real problem. But if the experience of synesthesia could be tailored to the needs of an individual, it might be very useful.

    The way you describe your experience almost makes me feel handicapped or disabled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    The way you describe your experience almost makes me feel handicapped or disabled.
    I can't really comment on this, because I have no idea what it would be like not to have this experience. In fact it can be quite annoying sometimes, because while the vast majority of words feel pretty muted and neutral to me, there are some that I associate with really bright neon-like colors; it's like a flashlight going off in my mind in the middle of a sentence, which can be quite unpleasant on occasion, especially during bouts of migraine ( which, sadly, I still get on occasion ).

    Strangely, the colors of words in English do not correspond to the colors of the same word in another language, even if the meaning is the exact same. There's even an overall feel to languages - English is very multi-colored ( like a modern art painting ), German is bright but very uniform in color, French is dark and slightly menacing, Mandarin Chinese is overwhelmingly blue in tone and feel. It's also quite interesting to note that in Chinese, the color perception still happens even for its non-alphabetic characters, and even for characters the meaning of which I don't know. However, the same is not true for - say - Arabic; if I look at an Arabic text, it is just a uniform black, and so are Japanese Katakana and Hiragana. Weird, isn't it ? I can't explain how and why any of this works, it's completely involuntary; I also know that most other synethestics associate the colors with individual letters instead of the whole word, which isn't the case for me at all !
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    Okay, what is your favorite color and why?
    What a terrifying question.



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