The sun is no fun without rain : Physical environments affect how we feel about yellow across 55 countries

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Jonauskaite , D , Abdel-Khalek , A , Abu-Akel , A , Al-Rasheed , A S , Antonietti , J-P , Ásgeirsson , Á G , Atitsogbe , K A , Barma , M , Barratt , D , Bogushevskaya , V , Bouayed Meziane , M K , Chamseddine , A , Charernboom , T , Chkonia , E , Ciobanu , T , Corona , V , Creed , A , Dael , N , Daouk , H , Dimitrova , N , Doorenbos , C B , Fomins , S , Fonseca-Pedrero , E , Gaspar , A , Gizdic , A , Griber , Y A , Grimshaw , G , Hasan Aya , A , Havelka , J , Hirnstein , M , Karlsson , B S A , Kim , J , Konstantinou , N , Laurent , E , Lindeman , M , Manav , B , Marquardt , L , Mefoh , P , Mroczko-Wąsowicz , A , Mutandwa , P , Muthusi , S , Ngabolo , G , Oberfeld , D , Papadatou-Pastou , M , Perchtold , C M , Pérez-Albéniz , A , Pouyan , N , Rashid Soron , T , Roinishvili , M , Romanyuk , L , Salgado Montejo , A , Sultanova , A , Tau , R , Uusküla , M , Vainio , S , Vargas-Soto , V , Volkan , E , Wąsowicz , G , Zdravković , S , Zhang , M & Mohr , C 2019 , ' The sun is no fun without rain : Physical environments affect how we feel about yellow across 55 countries ' , Journal of Environmental Psychology , vol. 66 , 101350 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101350

Title: The sun is no fun without rain : Physical environments affect how we feel about yellow across 55 countries
Author: Jonauskaite, Domicele; Abdel-Khalek, Ahmed; Abu-Akel, Ahmad; Al-Rasheed, Abdulrahman Saud; Antonietti, Jean-Philippe; Ásgeirsson, Árni Gunnar; Atitsogbe, Kokou Amenyona; Barma, Marodégueba; Barratt, Daniel; Bogushevskaya, Victoria; Bouayed Meziane, Maliha Khadidja; Chamseddine, Amer; Charernboom, Thammanard; Chkonia, Eka; Ciobanu, Teofil; Corona, Violeta; Creed, Allison; Dael, Nele; Daouk, Hassan; Dimitrova, Nevena; Doorenbos, Cornelis B.; Fomins, Sergejs; Fonseca-Pedrero, Eduardo; Gaspar, Augusta; Gizdic, Alena; Griber, Yulia A.; Grimshaw, Gina; Hasan Aya, Ahmed; Havelka, Jelena; Hirnstein, Marco; Karlsson, Bodil S.A.; Kim, Jejoong; Konstantinou, Nikos; Laurent, Eric; Lindeman, Marjaana; Manav, Banu; Marquardt, Lynn; Mefoh, Philip; Mroczko-Wąsowicz, Aleksandra; Mutandwa, Phillip; Muthusi, Steve; Ngabolo, Georgette; Oberfeld, Daniel; Papadatou-Pastou, Marietta; Perchtold, Corinna M.; Pérez-Albéniz, Alicia; Pouyan, Niloufar; Rashid Soron, Tanjir; Roinishvili, Maya; Romanyuk, Lyudmyla; Salgado Montejo, Alejandro; Sultanova, Aygun; Tau, Ramiro; Uusküla, Mari; Vainio, Suvi; Vargas-Soto, Veronica; Volkan, Eliz; Wąsowicz, Grażyna; Zdravković, Sunčica; Zhang, Meng; Mohr, Christine
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
Date: 2019-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Journal of Environmental Psychology
ISSN: 0272-4944
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101350
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/334443
Abstract: Across cultures, people associate colours with emotions. Here, we test the hypothesis that one driver of this cross-modal correspondence is the physical environment we live in. We focus on a prime example – the association of yellow with joy, – which conceivably arises because yellow is reminiscent of life-sustaining sunshine and pleasant weather. If so, this association should be especially strong in countries where sunny weather is a rare occurrence. We analysed yellow-joy associations of 6625 participants from 55 countries to investigate how yellow-joy associations varied geographically, climatologically, and seasonally. We assessed the distance to the equator, sunshine, precipitation, and daytime hours. Consistent with our hypotheses, participants who live further away from the equator and in rainier countries are more likely to associate yellow with joy. We did not find associations with seasonal variations. Our findings support a role for the physical environment in shaping the affective meaning of colour.
Subject: Affect
BEHAVIOR
COLLECTION
COLOR
Climate
Colour
Cross-cultural
EMOTION
Emotion
Environment
WEATHER
515 Psychology
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