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The Readability of ForegroundBackground Colors with Font Color Combinations and Their Affect on Stress Levels when Performing Simple Tasks When looking through the research literature on the psychology of color it is apparent that it covers a wide variety of topics Since the days of Freud interest and methodological attention have been put into this multifaceted topic of science The topics of investigation include color reactions as functions of personality and psychopathology physiological reactions to color color preferences color effects on emotions color effects on behavior and reactions to color concepts Valdez Mehrabian 1994 Our study seeks to explore how color can have an effect on a persons ability to perform simple tasks and if a resulting stress reaction from the color combinations is a factor We feel that as students it is important to be given color friendly materials when performing in and outside of the classroom According to a study by Radford 1997 the research supported the hypothesis that putting a transparent sheet of colored plastic over reading material helped children read more quickly This was conducted by giving the children a choice of color transparency Then several measures were taken of their reading speeds when they used their preferred color versus other colors A significant amount of children were able to perform better using their preferred color versus another color or no color at all So there is a strong indication that the color of learning materials has an influence on academic performance which often involves simple to complex tasks In support of Radfords 1997 findings in a study done by Bannister and Keegan 2003 it was determined that color combination preference may have an effect on the popularity of the material that a person is viewing So it is supported that finding something visually pleasing makes the material easier to see and process Conducive with those findings is research conducted by Williams Littell Reinoso and Greve 1994 which showed
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