About the influence of color perceived lightness on psychological functions


  • Alessandro Bortolotti Department of Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical Sciences, University Gabriele d’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara
  • Loreta Cannito Department of Psychological, Health and Territorial Sciences, University Gabriele d’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara. loreta.cannito@unich.it
  • Stefano Anzani Department of Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical Sciences, University Gabriele d’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara
  • Maurizio Rossi Politecnico di Milano https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0480-7912
  • Riccardo Palumbo Department of Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical Sciences, University Gabriele d’Annunzio Chieti-Pescara




Color, Lightness, Psychology, Context


As human beings, we are continuously exposed to stimuli that modulate our psychological functioning and behavior, presumably through the influence exerted on our emotions. In literature, among others, the feature of color, mainly as related to the three attributes of hue, chroma, and lightness, represents one of the most explored topics. By the way, the multidisciplinary lens through which it has been investigated and the partial lack of methodological rigor make it difficult, thus far, to unify the research evidence while being able to disambiguate the single contribution of each color’s attribute. The current review aims to provide an overview of the most recent literature, focusing on evidence that highlights the role of the perceived lightness of color, in its function as well as aesthetic properties, in influencing psychological functions and behavior. Practical implications and future directions in this research area are outlined.


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How to Cite

Bortolotti, A., Cannito, L., Anzani, S. ., Rossi, M. and Palumbo, R. . (2022) “About the influence of color perceived lightness on psychological functions”, Cultura e Scienza del Colore - Color Culture and Science, 14(01), pp. 112–122. doi: 10.23738/CCSJ.140114.