Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Janice Medina

Advisor Department



The relationship between color and the environments we live in is one of great dynamics. It not only helps us to define our personal spaces, but it can also affect our temperaments and our reactions. In the medical field, color is equally as important, as it has the ability to heal and to comfort. A combination of literature review and a short survey were utilized in order to find out exactly how color can influence our mood. While previous studies and other research have been conducted, the use of a new survey helped to confirm the findings. In previous studies, researchers have found that using cool colors create a calm and comfortable environment for patients. Students and professionals who took part in the survey supported these findings, saying that blues and greens evoked feelings of cleanliness, happiness, and rest. These results, along with many others, help to create an ideal medical environment. This research can be applied to future redesign of existing medical spaces and forming a solid base plan for new medical offices as well.

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