Color perception

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Chapter 3 endnote 13, from How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context is:

[Ch 3 note 13] My doctoral student Maria Gendron traveled to Namibia, Africa, to study emotion perception in a tribe known as the Himba, along with the cognitive psychologist Debi Roberson.


[Ch 7 note 3]...the Berinmo people of Papua New Guinea, apples reflecting light at 600 nanometers are experienced as brownish, because Berinmo concepts for color divide up the continuous spectrum differently [than Westerners do].

Debi Roberson and her colleagues showed that people do not perceive colors in a universal way. They have conducted several studies with Berinmo speakers in Papua New Guinea and have shown that color words influence the way that the color spectrum is divided into color categories.[1][2][3] The linguistic relativity (vs. universality) of color perception continues to be hotly debated, however.


Notes on the Notes

  1. Davidoff, Jules, I.R.L. Davies, and Debi Roberson. 1999. "Is color categorization universal? New evidence from a stone-age culture." Nature 398: 203-204
  2. Roberson, Debi, Ian R.L. Davies & Jules Davidoff. 2000. "Color categories are not universal: Replications & new evidence from a Stone-age culture." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 129: 369-398
  3. Roberson, Debi; Davidoff, Jules; Davies, Ian R.L.; Shapiro, Laura R. 2006. "Colour Categories and Category Acquisition in Himba and English".  In Progress in Colour Studies: Volume II. Psychological aspects pp. 159–172. Edited by Nicola Pitchford and Carole P. Biggam. John Benjamins.