Розенберг Анастасия Юрьевна
Linguistic Relativity: Visual Field Lateralization Effects in Color Naming and Recognition
Мячиков Андрей -
Когнитивные науки и технологии: от нейрона к познанию
Other recent psycholinguistic studies have discovered that there is strong influence of language-related areas in the left hemisphere on color discrimination occurred in the right visual field as compared with the left visual field, acknowledging the linguistic relativity hypothesis from the prospect of the functional organization of the brain (e.g. Siok et al., 2009). However, such studies emphasize the case for linguistic relativity effects, still, the details of the nature of such effects is unclear. A study of the series of behavioral experiments is presented in order to examine whether linguistic effects, if they occur, support or impair speed and accuracy with which colors can be named or recognized and remembered, and are there any hemispheric lateralization effects. To conduct our study, we utilized the tactic of comparison of two tasks – one, that was implicitly linguistic, and the second, where linguistic involvement did not play a direct role. We adopted the method of using color name accessibility to address linguistic effects on lateralization. Also, we wanted a task that was challenging in terms of the information load, yet one that could be done with a high degree of accuracy. We did this by adopting a recognition memory task, one that involved many colors. In addition, we assumed that study on monolingual participants could eliminate all confounds related with previous findings on bilingual representations of color concepts. The obtained results suggest additional support for the color accessibility effect in normal monolingual language speakers that are stronger in the right visual field.