Do you ever feel distracted in the middle of day? You're not alone. Lots of people struggle to stay focused in the office in the final hours of the work day, but now there could be an easy fix. Something as simple as changing the color of your office could actually affect your mood and productivity.
Researchers at University of California, Santa Cruz, decided to see how different colors affected mice. They showed the mice different colors and measured the effect it had on the animals' activity over the course of a day.
To understand this, the researchers studied the behaviors of mice over 24-hour periods. The rodents were chosen because their eyes—like ours—are capable of seeing color when exposed to the changes of blues and yellows as they appear at dawn and dusk. The researchers then focused on the colors’ effects on an area of the brain known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN, which is one that all vertebrates share that just so happens to control circadian (daytime and nighttime) rhythms.
According to the study, the colors had an effect on neuron activity in mice brains. For example, showing the mice the same color of blue light that fills the sky following the sunset, mice became more productive. This could be because mice are very active at night and reacted to the light color as a trigger to start their nighttime activities.