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

Color constancy and color term knowledge are positively related in early childhood
Color constancy and color term knowledge are positively related in early childhood
The ability to keep perception constant despite environmental changes of illumination, viewing angle or distance is a key feature of perception. Here, we investigate how ‘perceptual constancy’ relates to language learning by investigating the relationship between color constancy and color term knowledge in three to four-year-olds. 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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Rogers, Marie
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Rogers, Marie, Witzel, Christoph, Rhodes, Peter and Franklin, Anna (2019) Color constancy and color term knowledge are positively related in early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. (In Press)

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The ability to keep perception constant despite environmental changes of illumination, viewing angle or distance is a key feature of perception. Here, we investigate how ‘perceptual constancy’ relates to language learning by investigating the relationship between color constancy and color term knowledge in three to four-year-olds. 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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Accepted/In Press date: 31 December 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 438351
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438351
ISSN: 0022-0965
PURE UUID: ffb6ad0a-8547-49a6-9d65-d772fc499ebd
ORCID for Christoph Witzel: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9944-2420

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Date deposited: 06 Mar 2020 17:33
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 02:27

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Author: Marie Rogers
Author: Peter Rhodes
Author: Anna Franklin

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