Mohr Christine

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Colour Experience
COLOUR EXPERIENCE has been born out of common interests of La MAESTRIA and the Colour Psychology team headed by Prof. Christine Mohr at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. After several encounters and exchanges with the public, we realized how important and urgent it is to share empirically-based knowledge on the subjective experience of colour. The current collaboration unifies competences from academic, scientific, artistic and communication fields to valorize the scientific approach to understand how colour affects us.

We aim to contribute our experiences by creating a public platform on which recent findings, projects, and services can be communicated. This platform represents an online interface on which interested people can find information, participate in psychological research on colour, ask questions, look for potential services (seminars for the general public, training of professionals working with colour), or ask for collaborations.

COLOUR EXPERIENCE will exclusively focus on how colours are experienced and how such experiences interact with our behaviour. Our major approach is based on results gathered from scientifically controlled studies. We wish to provide knowledge on evidence-based studies testing the manifold questions and assumptions we can regularly encounter in the scientific and popular literature.

Présence Research Gate



Projets FNS

Experiencing the impossible and its effect on beliefs and cognition
2016 - 2019
Applicant: Christine Mohr
Other collaborators: Lise Lesaffre
Causal links between magical belief and adult cognitive functioningIt is generally assumed that magical beliefs become established in childhood and endure into adulthood. Magical beliefs keep influencing adult behavior , but we know little about whether cognitive tendencies that co-occur with magical beliefs foster or result from these beliefs. The current project will shed some light on this question.

2017 - 2017
Applicant: Joëlle Darwiche, Christine Mohr

Hemispheric specialization and state-dependency: an evoked potential mapping study
2001 - 2007
Applicant: Theodor Landis, Christoph Michel (UNIGE)
Other collaborators: Christine Mohr et al. (UNIGE)
This research project focused on mechanisms underlying hemispheric specialization in human. It was evoked by the fact that the traditional views of hemispheric specialization only holds true for cerebral lesions and for split brain patients, but that it is difficult to reliably show it in individual healthy subjects. We hypothesized that intra- and inter-individual differences in brain lateralization might be sustained by differences in the electric neural state before the incoming of the stimulus. Our 2nd hypothesis was that this momentary functional state of the brain varies over time, and also between men and women. Finally, we hypothesized that it varies over the different phases of the menstrual cycle within women. To test these hypotheses, we performed several behavioral, electrophysiological and clinical studies. Our main aim was to further elucidate and understand hemispheric specialization in the healthy and pathological brain. We developed a bilateral lexical decision task with simultaneously presented words and non-words. Subjects had to indicate by button press on which side a word appeared. Words are presented very briefly and subjects were not aware that some of the words were of emotional connotation. Behavioral results showed a general better detection of emotional words. Most striking was the difference for words presented to the left visual field, i.e. to the non-dominant hemisphere, where neutral words were detected at chance level. The analysis of the electrophysiological data showed that this emotional word advantage depended on the momentary state of the brain just before stimulus presentation. This state dependency was more pronounced in men. Women showed most man-like behavior during the menstrual phase. The analysis of the event-related potential showed early differences between emotional and neutral words. Again, this was more pronounced in men than women. Women show more bilateral activation after word presentation than men in the time period where language processing takes place.

Autres projets

Research on the role of emotion and cognition on color processing and preferences
2011 - 2016
grant-giving organisation: AkzoNobel NV (NL)  (Suisse)
Applicant: Christine Mohr
Other collaborators: Betty Althaus, Domicele Jonauskaite
Humans like some colours and dislike others, but which particular colours and why remains to be understood. Empirical studies on colour preferences generally targeted most preferred colours, but rarely least preferred (disliked) colours. In addition, findings are often based on general colour preferences leaving open the question whether results generalise to specific objects. Here, 88 participants selected the colours they preferred most and least for three context conditions (general, interior walls, t-shirt) using a high-precision colour picker. Participants also indicated whether they associated their colour choice to a valenced object or concept. The chosen colours varied widely between individuals and contexts and so did the reasons for their choices. Consistent patterns also emerged, as most preferred colours in general were more chromatic, while for walls they were lighter and for t-shirts they were darker and less chromatic compared to least preferred colours. This meant that general colour preferences could not explain object specific colour preferences. Measures of the selection process further revealed that, compared to most preferred colours, least preferred colours were chosen more quickly and were less often linked to valenced objects or concepts. The high intra- and inter-individual variability in this and previous reports furthers our understanding that colour preferences are determined by subjective experiences and that most and least preferred colours are not processed equally.

Numériser l'art visuel - Est-ce qu'une visualisation enrichie par la perception multimodale augmente notre expérience esthétique ?
2016 - 2016
grant-giving organisation: UNIL-EPFL  (Suisse)
Applicant: Christine Mohr
Les oeuvres d'art telles que des peintures sont visuellement riches et sont le lieu d'une interaction hautement complexe entre la lumière et le medium. La numérisation standard consiste à prendre une photographie de l'oeuvre. Cependant, la richesse perceptive de l'oeuvre est irrémédiablement perdue durant cette opération. Dans le projet actuel, nous proposons d'investiguer comment les personnes utilisent et répondent (partenaire UNIL, SSP-IP) à de nouvelles solutions perceptives (partenaire EPFL, projet eFacsimileI, IC-LCAV) qui permettent la visualisation et la manipulation d'oeuvres d'art visuelles au travers d'une interface interactive multimodale. Deux études prévues auront lieu à la Fondation Martin Bodmer et à l'EPFL.


Collaborations and networks


Contact : Domicele Jonauskaite


University Hospital Zurich
Contact : Prof. Peter Brugger

Autres collaborations

Réseau global de recherche sur la couleur


Associate members

Name Affiliate
Awo Larry School of General Studies; Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas ; Bonny : Nigeria
Bonsack Charles CHUV
Dael Nele HEC, University of Lausanne
De Roten Yves University of Lausanne
Dimitrova Nevena Haute Ecole de Travail Social et de la Santé (HETS&Sa Lausanne)
Docherty Neil University of Bern
Fröhlich Andrea Zurich Forensic Science Institute
Giuliani Fabienne CHUV
Golay Philippe CHUV
Gygax Pascal University of Fribourg
Grivel Jeremy CHUV
Hugues Juan Carlos University of Lausanne
Infanti Alexandre University of Luxembourg, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Jonauskaite Domicele University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Lambert Laura Doctorante
Maren Mayer Stiftung Medien in der Bildung, Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien
Martin Soelch Chantal University of Fribourg
Nador Jeff Applied Cognition Face Cognition Lab
Nogueira Lopez Abel University of León
Zecca Gregory Cabinet de Diagnostic et Soins
Von Hammerstein Cora APHP Inserm UMR-S 1144 Université de Paris