Monday, 22 November 2010

Lighting, and its effects on human behaviour.

Assignment 3.
After exploring the main ideas of Malcom Gladwell's 'The Tipping Point' I chose to look at one of the theorys in the book that interested me the most,'The power of context'.
I started researching further into the idea of the power of context, and how humans relate to, and are affected by there surroundings, and found myself overwhelmed with the amount of  information received. So I decided to narrow it down to a more specific area that I have been interested in recently, lighting.

I began looking at the development of artificial light sources and how it has affected social and economic activity as we know it today.

Gerard W.Stoer, In The Light of the 20th Century, Licht/Light and design p.23-25.

Lucy Bullivant writes about lighting's ability to create our senses of security and awareness of our environment, as well as aiding communication between us.

Lucy Bullivant, Light Works, Licht/Light and Design p.105-118

Here Stanley explains that for good design to happen, we must think about all the possible ways a person may use a space and the lighting within it, and also the moods they may experience within the space.

Stanley Abercrombie, A.1990. A Philosophy Of Interior Design. First ed. New york: Harper and Row, pp111-124

This study looks at colour, and its effects on the mood and cognitive performance of 250 participants,
recording there reactions to different colours painted on the walls of a cafe.

Yildirim.K, Akalin-Baskaya. A, Hidayetoglu,M.L. 2006, Effects of indoor color on mood and cognitive performance(e-Journal) 42(9)Available Through: SciVerse Database. (Accessed 20 Nov 2010)

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