Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Relaxed Pink

There's a recent article in Slate regarding the University of Iowa's visiting team dressing room being colored pink.  Apparently a law professor there  related it to sex discrimination and a put-down of visiting teams.

If the latter was intended, it would seem to be counterproductive.  After all, it's not good gamesmanship to rile your opponent before the game!

The rationale for this color scheme was that pink would have a calming, relaxing effect on the opposition, apparently.  Apparently, rooms that were painted a mixture of a gallon of white  interior paint and a pint of semi-gloss red yielded a particular shade of pink that Alexander Schauss proposed to try, and a pair of naval officers who directed the Navel Corrections Institute in Seattle subsequently found, to have a calming effect on inmates.

It is known generally as Baker-Miller pink; or informally, drunk tank pink.

Whether rooms colored with this shade of pink do have a calming effect on those within is certainly something that deserves empirical research.

Baker-Miller pink


  1. My thought would be, "Let me out, I'll be good!"

  2. I remember when this pink thing first came out. They said the effect only lasted for 15 minutes. So the opposing team should leave the locker room 20 minutes before the game starts.

  3. It would be an insult to the visiting team, and make them angry and more determined to defeat their insulding host. That's what I think.

  4. Can that be why little girls are often calmer. Hooray for Hello Kitty!

  5. Go to an arboretum when some colorful tree is blossoming in yellow, or lilac, and linger on the carpet of color underneath the same color, in light tinged the same color and you will experience an amazing and I believe salutary feelings!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
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    I love archaic words!
    "the salutary Atlantic air"