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Colour Categories in Language and Thought

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Although the colour spectrum is continuous, colour categories are present in both language (i.e., colour terms) and thought (e.g., categorical perception of colour). In this talk, I will outline a series of studies that investigate the origin of colour categories. The findings will be related to fundamental issues in the cognitive sciences such as: i) how and when categories form; ii) the relationship between categories in language and thought; and iii) how categories are expressed in the brain.

This talk is part of the Craik Club series.

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