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The Whorfian mind:electrophysiological evidence that language shapes perception

Athanasopoulos, Panos and Wiggett, Alison and Dering, Benjamin and Kuipers, Jan-Rouke and Thierry, Guillaume (2009) The Whorfian mind:electrophysiological evidence that language shapes perception. Communicative and Integrative Biology, 2 (4). pp. 332-334.

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Abstract

Color perception has been a traditional test-case of the idea that the language we speak affects our perception of the world.1 It is now established that categorical perception of color is verbally mediated and varies with culture and language.2 However, it is unknown whether the well-demonstrated language effects on color discrimination really reach down to the level of visual perception, or whether they only reflect post-perceptual cognitive processes. Using brain potentials in a color oddball detection task with Greek and English speakers, we demonstrate that language effects may exist at a level that is literally perceptual, suggesting that speakers of different languages have differently structured minds.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Communicative and Integrative Biology
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 71193
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2014 14:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 06:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/71193

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