For the heck of it

Monday, March 27, 2006

Say the Colour. Not the Word!

Here's a perfect example of Left-Right Conflict, as claimed by many web sites. No, am not talking about some politics involving some leftist and rightist parties. According to most web sites on the cyberspace, the image below shows how a conflict between the left and the right brain works.

"While you start identifying the colours, your brain also starts reading out the words, before you even realise it. Why is it so difficult? Because the right half of your brain is trying to say the colour, while the left side of your brain is trying to say the word," says one web site.

However, I believe that this can not be an example of Left-Right conflict. Well, if I were to identify colours slowly, like a 4 year old kid would do, then I get all the colours right, without ending up reading the words.

In fact this phenomenon is called The Stroop Effect. The famous "Stroop Effect" is named after J. Ridley Stroop who discovered this strange phenomenon in the 1930s. So, if you're like most people, your first inclination was to read the words, 'red, yellow, green...,' rather than the colours they're printed in, 'blue, green, red...'

For instance, for the word BLUE, you should say "RED". But sometimes you end up reading the word, than identifying the colour.


  • Since when does color have a u in it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/16/2012 3:59 PM  

  • Colour has always had a "u" in it. Look up Oxford Dictionary! It's just that the Americans have messed up the vocabulary and spellings for the world.

    By Blogger Chris Fernando, at 5/16/2012 9:48 PM  

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