Research report 2015 - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
I see what you don’t say! How language colours our perception
Flecken, Monique; Francken, Jolien
Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik, Nijmegen, Netherlands/ Neurobiology of Language Department
SummaryThe hypothesis that our native language influences our perception of the world has fascinated scientists for decades. Using neuroscientific methods, researchers at the MPI for psycholinguistics are investigating to what extent and under what conditions this hypothesis can be confirmed, by means of within- and across-language comparisons. It could be shown that the language system is automatically involved in the perception of both simple as well as more complex scenes (depicting objects or motion events). These effects occur very rapidly and thus operate almost unconsciously.