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Die Welt der Farben: Wahrnehmung

Our eyes register the color of an object first, and then the shape and the distance. Color surrounds us in every moment, we live in a colorful world. From dark to light, glaring to soft pastel, pure to dreary, … with just a sparkle of light we can see an uncountable number of colors. All these colors have their own characteristics and take an effect almost directly on the psyche. When people make a personal color choice it is usually filtered from a universally accepted color model . The symbolic meaning of the choice may be extracted from this model. Every color has a frequency and within this it processes it’s own meaning and effect.

The perception of colors

The term color is not so clearly defined as we take for in common language usage. One can define color in physical, physiological, and psychological terms. Simply speaking we can observe the material composition (the color), the reflective light (light color stimulus), what is perceived from the eye (color valency), or the feeling that is aroused in the brain as a response to the color. There are also a whole symphony of memories, fragments of knowledge, feelings and unconscious sensations that are within us in our perception of color. From all this information we shape our own symbolic color meaning.

Speaking in technical terms, the phenomenon of color is a culmination of the following: 
The human eye takes in a color stimulus which swings in an area between 380 and 780 nanometer of the electromagnetic spectrum. We see in this area for example all the colors of the rainbow. Low frequencies begin with blue, climb to green, yellow and orange to the high frequency of red. Beneath these lie ultraviolet, X-Rays and gamma rays – beyond the red spectrum the infrared, terahertz and microwave rays and radio broadcasting begins.