Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

Viewing Red Prior to a Strength Test Inhibits Motor Output

Abstract : The present research was designed to examine whether viewing a subtle threat cue, the color red, prior to a simple motor task influences strength output. Thirty-nine participants performed a maximal voluntary contraction of the thigh, viewed red or a chromatic or achromatic control color, and then repeated the maximal voluntary contraction. Participants also reported their general arousal and mood, and were asked to guess the purpose of the experiment. Results indicated that viewing red (relative to a control color) inhibited the rate of force development, but did not influence the peak amplitude of force production. Null findings for general arousal and mood indicated that the observed effect on rate of force development could not be accounted for by these self-report variables; no participant correctly guessed the purpose of the experiment. This research, in conjunction with recent work by Elliot and Aarts (in press) [19] clearly establishes a link between red and basic motor output, and highlights the importance of attending to the functional, as well as aesthetic, value of color.
Complete list of metadatas

https://hal-univ-paris10.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01469884
Contributor : Administrateur Hal Nanterre <>
Submitted on : Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:39:10 PM
Last modification on : Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 7:05:27 AM

Identifiers

Citation

Vincent Payen, Andrew J. Elliot, Stephen A. Coombes, Aïna Chalabaev, Jeanick Brisswalter, et al.. Viewing Red Prior to a Strength Test Inhibits Motor Output. Neuroscience Letters, Elsevier, 2011, 495 (1), pp.44-48. ⟨10.1016/j.neulet.2011.03.032⟩. ⟨hal-01469884⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

294