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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Seeing words


A neat new study done right here at UC Berkeley finds that when the colours of a target has a different name from that of distracters, the left hemisphere is faster at finding the target than the right, while this advantage disappears for colours without a naming difference. The left hemisphere's edge also disappeared when an additional task taxed verbal working memory, but not when spatial working memory was taxed instead.

So Worf had it right after all, when he said "Sir, I protest - I am not a merry man!". And Whorf was right, as well: language does influence our brain's operations on a very basic level.


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