|Appears in Collections:||Psychology Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Seeing objects through the language glass|
|Citation:||Boutonnet B, Dering B, Vinas-Gausch N & Thierry G (2013) Seeing objects through the language glass, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25 (10), pp. 1702-1710.|
|Abstract:||Recent streams of research support the Whorfian hypothesis according to which language affects one's perception of the world. However, studies of object categorization in different languages have heavily relied on behavioral measures that are fuzzy and inconsistent. Here, we provide the first electrophysiological evidence for unconscious effects of language terminology on object perception. Whereas English has two words for cup and mug, Spanish labels those two objects with the word "taza." We tested native speakers of Spanish and English in an object detection task using a visual oddball paradigm, while measuring event-related brain potentials. The early deviant-related negativity elicited by deviant stimuli was greater in English than in Spanish participants. This effect, which relates to the existence of two labels in English versus one in Spanish, substantiates the neurophysiological evidence that language-specific terminology affects object categorization.|
|Rights:||Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience by MIT Press. The original publication is available at: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/jocn_a_00415#.VaUx1U_bLct|
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