Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Colors, in general, can have a profound effect on human emotion, state of mind, and spirit because they are visual energy radiating from spectrums of light. Volumes of complex scientific research have been carried out for years on the subject of colors to support the fact that humans feel and react to various spectrums of light wavelengths that register on the human eye and brain's light photore-ceptors. For example, reflect on the emotional effect of viewing a large arching rainbow across a brilliant blue sky after a rainstorm, gazing at a botanical garden overflowing with exotic multicolored flowers, and looking out at a gathering of people of African descent dressed in bright-colored dashikis, robes, and dresses. The science of chromatics often attempts to find answers to the questions surrounding humans' color perception and reactions. Scientifically, the color white is the fusion of all the colors of the visible light spectrum. ...