Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.693
Title: Red color and risk taking behaviour in online environments.
Authors: Gnambs, T.
Appel, M.
Oeberst, A.
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: In many situations red is associated with hazard and danger. As a consequence, it was expected that task-irrelevant color cues in online environments would affect risk-taking behaviors. This assumption was tested in two web-based experiments. The first study (N = 383) demonstrated that in risky choice dilemmas respondents preferred the less risky option when the displayed university logo was in red (versus gray); but only when both choice alternatives were at least moderately risky. The second study (N = 144) replicated these results with a behavioral outcome: Respondents showed more cautious behavior in a web-based game when the focal stimuli were colored red (versus blue). Together, these findings demonstrate that variations in the color design of a computerized environment affect risk taking: Red color leads to more conservative choices and behaviors.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12034/485
http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.693
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