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Title: The sun is no fun without rain: Physical environments affect how we feel about yellow across 55 countries
Authors: Jonauskaite, Domicele 
Abdel-Khalek, Ahmed M. 
Abu-Akel, Ahmad 
Al-Rasheed, Abdulrahman Saud 
Antonietti, Jean Philippe 
Ásgeirsson, Árni Gunnar 
Atitsogbe, Kokou Amenyona 
Barma, Marodégueba 
Barratt, Daniel 
Bogushevskaya, Victoria 
Bouayed Meziane, Maliha Khadidja 
Chamseddine, Amer 
Charernboom, Thammanard 
Chkonia, Eka 
Ciobanu, Teofil 
Corona, Violeta 
Creed, Allison 
Dael, Nele 
Daouk, Hassan 
Dimitrova, Nevena 
Doorenbos, Cornelis B. 
Fomins, Sergejs 
Fonseca-Pedrero, Eduardo 
Gaspar, Augusta 
Gizdic, Alena 
Griber, Yulia A. 
Grimshaw, Gina M. 
Hasan, Aya Ahmed 
Havelka, Jelena 
Hirnstein, Marco 
Karlsson, Bodil S.A. 
Katembu, Stephen 
Kim, Jejoong 
Konstantinou, Nikos 
Laurent, Eric 
Lindeman, Marjaana 
Manav, Banu 
Marquardt, Lynn 
Mefoh, Philip 
Mroczko-Wąsowicz, Aleksandra 
Mutandwa, Phillip 
Ngabolo, Georgette 
Oberfeld, Daniel 
Papadatou-Pastou, Marietta 
Perchtold, Corinna M. 
Pérez-Albéniz, Alicia 
Pouyan, Niloufar 
Rashid Soron, Tanjir 
Roinishvili, Maya 
Romanyuk, Lyudmyla 
Salgado Montejo, Alejandro 
Sultanova, Aygun 
Tau, Ramiro 
Uusküla, Mari 
Vainio, Suvi 
Vargas-Soto, Veronica 
Volkan, Eliz 
Wąsowicz, Grażyna 
Zdravković, Sunčica 
Zhang, Meng 
Mohr, Christine 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Other Medical Sciences
Keywords: Cross-cultural;Climate;Colour;Emotion;Affect;Environment
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2019
Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2019, Vol.66
Volume: 66
Journal: Journal of Environmental Psychology 
Abstract: Across cultures, people associate colours with emotions. Here, we test the hypothesis that one driver of this cross-modal correspondence is the physical environment we live in. We focus on a prime example – the association of yellow with joy, – which conceivably arises because yellow is reminiscent of life-sustaining sunshine and pleasant weather. If so, this association should be especially strong in countries where sunny weather is a rare occurrence. We analysed yellow-joy associations of 6625 participants from 55 countries to investigate how yellow-joy associations varied geographically, climatologically, and seasonally. We assessed the distance to the equator, sunshine, precipitation, and daytime hours. Consistent with our hypotheses, participants who live further away from the equator and in rainier countries are more likely to associate yellow with joy. We did not find associations with seasonal variations. Our findings support a role for the physical environment in shaping the affective meaning of colour.
ISSN: 0272-4944
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101350
Rights: © Elsevier
Type: Article
Affiliation : University of Lausanne 
Alexandria University 
King Saud University 
University of Akureyri 
Aalborg University 
University of Lomé 
Copenhagen Business School 
Catholic University of Sacred Heart 
National Polytechnic School of Algiers 
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) 
Thammasat University 
Tbilisi State Medical University 
Universidad Panamericana 
Universitat Politècnica de València 
University of Melbourne 
University of Lausanne 
Dar Elbayda building 
University of Applied Sciences in Social Work and Health of Lausanne 
University of Fribourg 
University of Latvia 
University of La Rioja 
Catholic University of Portugal 
Catolica Research Centre for Psychological, Family and Social Wellbeing (CRC-W) 
Centro de Investigação e Intervenção Social 
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) 
Smolensk State University 
Victoria University of Wellington 
University of Leeds 
University of Bergen 
Division of Built Environment, Research Institutes of Sweden AB ( 
Duksung Women's University 
Cyprus University of Technology 
Bourgogne Franche–Comté University 
CNRS & University of Franche-Comté 
University of Helsinki 
Istanbul Ayvansaray University 
University of Nigeria 
National Yang-Ming University 
Midlands State University 
University of Nairobi 
Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin 
Université Omar-Bongo 
Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz 
National andKapodistrian University of Athens 
University of Graz 
Telepsychiatry Research and Innovation Network 
I. Beritashvili Center of Experimental Biomedicine 
National University of Kyiv 
V.I. Vernadsky National University of Taurida 
Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts 
Universidad de La Sabana 
BI Norwegian Business School 
National Mental Health Centre of the Ministry of Health 
University of Geneva 
University of Neuchâtel 
Tallinn University 
University of Helsinki 
Universidad de Lima 
Cyprus International University 
Kozminski University 
University of Novi Sad 
University of Belgrade 
Zhejiang University 
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