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Color is a sensory stimuli that is encountered on a daily basis. There is a great deal of differing information pertaining to color research. Some of this research deals with color associations (Boyatzis & Varghese, 1994; Kaya & Epps, 2014). Other research studies the influence of color on emotional states or physiology (Jacobs & Suess, 1975; Kuller, Mikellides, & Janssens, 2008). Much of the prior research has concentrated on two primary colors; red and blue. The current study will look at the ways in which specific lighting conditions influence mood states, more specifically, anxiety levels. This research will have a goal of recruiting, at minimum, 90 participants. Participants will be tested in a lab setting where a colored light bulb will be manipulated. Color conditions that will be measured are red lighting, blue lighting, and neutral lighting. Anxiety level tests will be completed twice, once to obtain a baseline measure and once after exposure to a color lighting condition to test any effects that color may have had on anxiety. The hypotheses are that when exposed to red lighting, anxiety will increase, when exposed to blue lighting, anxiety will decrease, and participants in the neutral condition will have no significant change in level of anxiety.

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