High Ceilings Happy, Far

More support for Far is Happy:

On a variety of measures, ceiling height–induced relational or item-specific processing was indicated by people’s reliance on integrated and abstract versus discrete and concrete ideation. …

Ceiling height ranked among the top three architectural details that influenced consumers’ psychological well-being.

So the higher your ceiling, the more you are happy and think in far mode.

Also, blue is far is supported by warmth being near, cold being far:

Warmer conditions, compared with colder conditions, induced (a) greater social proximity, (b) use of more concrete language, and (c) a more relational focus.

Added 9May: Yet more support:

Red enhances performance on a detail-oriented task, whereas blue enhances performance on a creative task.

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  • The second bit reminds me of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s solution for every state’s social problems.

  • The two linked posts also link “relational” with both high-ceilings (far) and warm-temperatures (near), though I suppose they are using different senses of the term.

  • Armok


    High celling, blue (sky), cold = Outdoors = far

    Low celling, colours red/orange (from wood fire), warmth (from fire) = Indoors = near

    Seems likely, no?

  • blink

    Perhaps church architects have known this intuitively for some time. Are there certain types of work where high vs. low ceilings are common? Considering near/far thinking by and happiness of inmates, should we want low ceilings in penitentiaries?