Pre-thesis Assignment #2

This assignment involved diving deep into scholarly research to find journal articles, review articles and dissertations for our selected topics of interest using the NYU library website only.

Step #1: Creating mind map

Based on the earlier exercise, I had identified my primary area of interest as ‘colors’ and created the following mind map to connect all the possible topics under colors which deeply intrigued me.

Step #2: Finding research material

Based on an extensive search within the NYU libraries, I found a collection of 15 Journal Articles, 3 Review Articles and 2 Dissertations related to the topic of Color Blindness and Color Psychology. The Mendeley tool was used as a citation management system to organize all the findings.

Step #3: Reading and Responding

Out of all the research material collected, I selected the following 5 articles which I read in depth and formulated my thoughts for each article to answer the following questions:

  1. What does this do for me?
  2. What is interesting about this article?
  3. What questions is these making me ask?

Article #1: Is screening for congenital color vision deficiency in school students worthwhile?

The article discussed the debate if the screening for color vision should be done for school students. Questions that arose in my mind after reading this are as follows:

  • How does having color vision deficiency impact career choices?
  • What are the limitations of having color vision deficiency?
  • Is there a way to find an aid for color vision through digital methods?

Article #2: Color blindness and driving

The article talks about the increased risk for drivers who suffer from defective color vision. It also covers the different types of color blindness and the intensity and reception levels vary a lot. It discusses in depth the inability to distinguish traffic signals, brake lights, reduced sensitivity to red light and the impact of these factors to driving safe on the road. Questions that arose in my mind after reading this are as follows:

  • Is there a relationship between abnormal color vision and road accidents?
  • Should there be mandatory vision tests during license distribution?
  • Are the new international standards and guidelines for signal lights valid?

Article #3: The Arcane Roots of Color Psychology, Chromo therapy, and Color Forecasting

This article explores the genesis of the apparently disparate fields of color psychology, chromo therapy, and color forecasting. Chromo therapy is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Color forecasting experts report that if the color of the product is wrong, then the public will not purchase the product. Color forecasting agencies work on the assumption that there is a natural order to consumers’ color preferences. Color exists as a sensation, a phenomenological perception and as a property of surfaces and illuminants. Color is the only visual attribute that shares such diverse representations and that makes it special due to its rich and complex heritage. Questions that arose in my mind after reading this are as follows:

  • What is the psycho-aesthetic relationship of humans to the visual environment?
  • How does color affect the mind, personality, health and future trends?
  • How does the frequency and vibration of each color affect different physical symptoms?
  • Can color combinations be considered analogous to musical chords, appearing harmonious or not?
  • Do colors have the power to alleviate specific illnesses in humans?
  • How does color exert influence on behavior?
  • Is color a property of surfaces aligning with physics or is it a property of human perception aligning with psychology?
  • Why do both chromo therapy and color forecasting share a common antipathy to verification?
  • What is the principle and technique used in colorimetry?

Article #4: Contact Lenses for Color Blindness

Color vision deficiency (color blindness) is an inherited genetic ocular disorder. While no cure for this disorder currently exists, several methods can be used to increase the color perception of those affected. One such method is the use of color filtering glasses which are based on Bragg filters. While these glasses are effective, they are high cost, bulky, and incompatible with other vision correction eyeglasses. This study demonstrates the potential of the dyed contact lenses in wavelength filtering and color vision deficiency management. 8% of males and 0.5% of women experience color blindness. It limits accurately distinguishing between specific colors depending on the type and intensity of the disorder. Questions that arose in my mind after reading this are as follows:

  • What are the difficulties faced in everyday life situations by color vision deficiency?
  • Can tinted lenses with specific wavelength filters be good solutions for color vision deficiency?
  • Is there a way to use computer programs to enhance digital images for better color perception?

Article #5: Confessions of a color blind optometrist

The article talks about difficulties the author faced while giving the Navy’s medical test as he had to undergo the Lantern test. He could not work for long as a trainee industrial chemist because the work entailed mixing dyes for a fabric manufacturer. People with defective color vision are a risk at sea, particularly at night in recognizing the color of navigation lights at sea. He faces no trouble recognizing colored traffic signals. As an optometrist, most severe problem was in differentiating between blood and pigment in the retina. In his interest of oil painting, he tends to paint using a very restricted pallet and often enjoys painting in monochrome. He has difficulty matching socks and separating currency notes when the light is poor. He occasionally overlooks a homegrown ripe tomato on the bush because it has the same contrast as the surrounding green leaves. Questions that arose in my mind after reading this are as follows:

  • What are the occupations where people with color vision deficiency face problems?
  • How can awareness of the disability allow for independent resolution of the defect?
  • How can certain differentiation with only color be modified to include other differentiating factors?
  • What kind of strategies do colorblind people use to compensate for the defect and continue with daily activities?
  • Can color blindness be overcome by using an ophthalmoscope fitted with colored lenses?

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Thus after completing all the steps in the above process, I realized I would want to focus on finding an effective solution for color blindness as my thesis! I am deeply interested in the causes, types and limitations of color blindness and how it effects those to have the defect. I would also want to explore color therapy, color emotions and the psychological effect of colors and how this is different between a person with normal vision vs color blindness. I am excited to see what the next steps would be to help create a specific problem statement and look into ways to solve it!

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