Effects of sound and colour on responses to a computer game

Wolfson, Sandy and Case, Gill (2000) Effects of sound and colour on responses to a computer game. Interacting with Computers, 13 (2). pp. 183-192. ISSN 0953 5438

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0953-5438(00)00037-0

Abstract

Background colour (red/blue) and sound (loud/quiet) were manipulated in a series of computer games. Players using a blue screen improved gradually over the session, while red screen players peaked midway and then deteriorated. A similar pattern for heart rate was found, suggesting that arousal was implicated in the effect. Sound alone had little impact, but the red/loud combination was associated with perceptions of excitement and playing well. The results suggest that the aura of a computer game may affect cognitive and physiological responses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computers, games, sound, colour, arousal
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 12:42
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19238

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