How does color affect learning?

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How does color affect learning?
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Colour Encourages Learning

Children learn and retain information longer when colour is used in educational material and in the classroom. Eighty per cent of the brain receives information visually. Colour stimulates the visual sense and encourages the retention of information.

Different Colors Cause Different Moods

The colours red, orange and yellow stimulate and increase brain activity. The colours green, blue and violet induce relaxation. Teachers can design classroom decor to to match either an active or relaxed style of learning. Classroom assignments and presentations can use colour to enhance learning. Children that are overly stimulated could benefit from the relaxing colours. Children with attention disorders can benefit from brain stimulating colours.

Children Remember Colors Better Than Verbal Cues

A study conducted in 1999 by Vuontella, showed that children remembered colour cues better than verbal cues. Combining lesson material with colours can help children to memorise information. For instance, flash cards with facts can be presented with coloured back grounds. Each fact can have a different coloured background. The students will associate the colour with the fact, helping them to recall the information.

Colour and Creativity

Colour inspires creativity and encourages students in coming up with new ideas. The use of colour not only assists students in artistic projects, colour stimulates creativity thinking towards story writing and helps students to evaluate and solve questions.

Coloured Writing Utensils

The simple adjustment to classroom instruction of allowing students to use various coloured pens and pencils to complete their schoolwork, has proved to motivate students to do their schoolwork. It also hold the student's attention span for longer periods of time, and helps to retain classroom information.

Colour at Home

Parents can create a creative environment in the home to inspire creativity and learning. Starting at infancy, a colourful bedroom is beneficial to the learning of a baby. Babies that have colourful bedrooms, increase intelligence at a faster rate than babies who do not have colourful bedrooms. The use of colourful toys and decor for infants and children alike, creates a fun environment as well as a learning environment. Colour can affect mood. Warm colours can induce a comfortable feeling and bright colours can induce the feeling of excitement.

Adults and Color

The benefits of colour on learning does not only pertain to infants and children. Colour affects adults in the same ways that it affects children. Colour should be used in college classrooms to assist in learning. Places of entertainment such as restaurants, often use colour to entice a fun experience. The fast food chain McDonald's knew what they were doing when they designed their restaurant red and yellow. Two colours that excite and stimulate the brain.

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