Color constancy and color term knowledge are positively related during early childhood

Rogers, M R, Witzel, C, Rhodes, P and Franklin, A (2020) Color constancy and color term knowledge are positively related during early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 196. a104825. ISSN 0022-0965

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Abstract

The ability to keep perception constant despite environmental changes of illumination, viewing angle, or distance is a key feature of perception. Here, we investigated how “perceptual constancy” relates to language learning by investigating the relationship between color constancy and color term knowledge in 3- and 4-year-old children. We used a novel method to test color constancy where children are required to match colored stimuli under different illuminations. We found a positive relationship between color constancy and color term knowledge; children who knew more color words also had better color constancy. The relationship remained even when accounting for the effect of age and ability to discriminate colors. The findings have implications for understanding the development of perceptual constancy, language learning, and the link between perceptual processing and cognitive development.

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Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 08:15
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 01:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90140

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