1st Student's Major


1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Teresa Kutchma earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and, in the spring of 2003, completed her undergraduate coursework in psychology at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Mentor's Name

Edison Perdomo

Mentor's Department


Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of red versus green room colors on individual perception of stress. Room color was found through previous studies to have specific effects on psychomotor activity and emotional states. Correlations were found between red room color and emotional and physical stimulation, while green was associated with inhibitory effects. Additionally, Goldstein’s theory of color perception showed that red has stimulating effects on human behavior. Subjects consisted of 15 female and 15 male college freshmen at Minnesota State University, Mankato. An experimental booth was used for red, green and white room conditions. Subjects were required to wait inside of the booth for five minutes before completing a copy of the stress inventory from the DASS (Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale) under each condition. It was found that subjects in red the red room condition had higher stress rating scores compared to green or white room conditions. Consequently, the findings suggest that environment color plays a significant role in stress perception.

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