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Angry People Do 'See Red'

Update Date: Mar 16, 2014 10:46 PM EDT

People really see red when they are angry, according to a new research. The study also found that preference for red color over blue might be an indicator for a more hostile personality. 

In the research it was found that people who displayed signs of aggression and anger preferred images in a series that were neither fully red nor blue. 

Scientists linked the connection of anger with red color to our evolution from ancestral hunter-gatherer times to link red with danger and threats. 

A sort of personality tests were conducted on a group of people which comprised questions like which color they preferred red or blue. They found that people who opted for red tended to be inter-personally more hostile. 

"Hostile people have hostile thoughts; hostile thoughts are implicitly associated with the color red, and therefore hostile people are biased to see this color more frequently," researchers said, according to NDTV.

People who preferred red over any other color were more likely to indicate that they would harm another person in the scenarios than those who opted blue, according to the report.

People who predominantly saw red scored 25 per cent higher on indicators of hostility on personality tests, reported NDTV.

"A core take-home message from this research is that color can convey psychological meaning and, therefore, is not merely a matter of aesthetics," researchers added.

The findings were published in the Journal of Personality.

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