One reason for pictures in a doctor's or dentist's surgery are there to make the practice look better; but they also serve to make the patients feel better and to enable them to relax before treatment.
Medical and/or dental practices are equipped differently according to the speciality. Today, practices are made up of several rooms, such as reception, waiting and treatment rooms, and the consulting room. The practice rooms should today be modern and aesthetically furnished. It is not only modern equipment that brings the patients a feeling of wellbeing; it is through modern art that a doctor's/dentist's practice is appreciated.
Naturally the colours of the pictures play a very large role. The optical phenomenon of colour perception is an area of research of comprehensive complexity. The perception of colours by human beings takes place through receptors which are found on the retina.
For people from the same cultural group there are many commonalities from tradition and education. Such mental effects of colour perception - intuitive or conscious - are used for effects in artistic design and in the fashion and advertising sectors. Psychological colour tests help in achieving the desired results. Colour perception has exactly the same effect as other influences on the psyche.
The perception of colours works psychologically in two ways:
- A colour in a picture evokes associations, i.e. ideas, memories, of things such as, for example, Red = Fire, Green = Grass, Yellow = Lemon.
- A colour in an image evokes feelings (colour feeling, tone of feeling, impressionistic quality, emotional character). These are expressed if one changes the substantive to an adjective or used adjectives from the beginning, which best express feelings, Red=dangerous, Green=poisonous, Yellow=fresh. Colours can thereby activate previous experiences at the level of feelings.