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Color perception in different languages

Remember the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis?  It argues that the words we use dictate how we see the world. According to this view, language and its categories influence thought and certain kinds of non-linguistic behavior, like say how we perceive colors.

Now you can actually test how you perceive and remember colors. Take a simple test. You will be shown three colors. First you are going to think of an object that you associate the color with. Next you will simply name the color. Finally, you will be asked just to look at a color and perform a completely different task right after.

Ok, I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I won’t say anything else. Just try it for yourself!

Click on the link and follow the instructions:

Test on perception of colors, objects, and things

(designed by The Online Research Consortium)

Memories… in bilingual speakers

My past has raised its head and it is panting into my neck. Memories come in packs and surround me wherever I go, howling in the moonlight. Remember me? Remember how we laughed and quarreled and sat silently? Wait, what did you say then? Oh, yes. Hai detto che ami parlare con me. Ed io ho risposto, smiling, che certo che lo ami, perché sei sempre tu a parlare.

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