As we acquire language, color processing is moved from the right hemisphere of the brain into the language centers in the left, according to a new British/English study.
It would seem that our perceptions of color not only change as our brain develops language, but that our color perceptions are also heavily influenced by which language we speak. A previous study found differences in color perception depending on the language spoken by the subjects, specifically that Russian speakers discern more shades of blue than English speakers.
Exactly why and how color becomes codified by language is unclear, though the discovery of the connection between the two offers a tantalizing peek into the complexity of human development.
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