Colour Experience has been born out of common interests of La MAESTRIA and the Colour Psychology team headed by Prof. Christine Mohr at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. After several encounters and exchanges with the public, we realized how important and urgent it is to share empirically-based knowledge on the subjective experience of colour. The current collaboration unifies competences from academic, scientific, artistic and communication fields to valorize the scientific approach to understand how colour affects us. We aim to contribute our experiences by creating a public platform on which recent findings, projects, and services can be communicated. This platform represents an online interface on which interested people can find information, participate in psychological research on colour, ask questions, look for potential services (seminars for the general public, training of professionals working with colour), or ask for collaborations.
Colour Experience will exclusively focus on how colours are experienced and how such experiences interact with our behaviour. Our major approach is based on results gathered from scientifically controlled studies. We wish to provide knowledge on evidence-based studies testing the manifold questions and assumptions we can regularly encounter in the scientific and popular literature.
Prof. Christine Mohr
Prof. Christine Mohr is a psychologist interested in the cognitive mechanisms underlying measurable human behaviour. One research focus aims to answer in a first step whether colour impacts our cognitive and affective functions. By necessity, such causal questions require controlled studies in the laboratory. In a second step, she aims to understand whether laboratory findings translate to our everyday life. Possible applied questions are whether coloured environment influence our well-being, health, or concentration.
Dr. Nele Dael
Dr. Nele Dael studies cognitive and affective factors underlying human behaviour. She is driven to provide keys for a more functional everyday interaction by developing scientific strategies to answer applied needs empirically and to effectively translate knowledge and know-how to create awareness and motivate behaviour change.
UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA, Switzerland
PhD, Psychology, 2011
KU LEUVEN UNIVERSITY, Belgium
MSc, Psychology (Theory and Research), 2006
KU LEUVEN UNIVERSITY, Belgium
BSc, Psychology, 2003
Domicele Jonauskaite is a cognitive and affective psychologist interested in affective meaning of colour. She studies a relationship between colours and emotions using various assessment techniques of emotion as well as colour. She is interested in how these colour-emotion associations vary between and within individuals, including cross-cultural differences. During her PhD, she is studying whether seeing colour and thinking about colour evoke the same emotional associations.
master student &
Colour associations with induced affective states
bachelor student &
Colour preferences in depression
Gender differences in children's emotional associations with colour
Emotional associations with colour and paintings in colour-blindness
Long-term effectiveness of colour-based stress reduction technique.
Affective associations with colour and colour preferences
Déborah Da Silva
Affective associations with colour in children
Colour associations in art expressing emotion in children
Art as an educational tool in a school environment