A recent project led by Professor Anna Franklin has revealed that language has an impact on the way people perceive color. In an interview with Horizon, she noted that, when we see two very close shades of green, we categorize both of them as “green” rather than naming them two distinct colors. She emphasized the impact of color categorization on color perception, mentioning that Russians, who have two different words describing lighter and darker shades of blue, showed different brain activity than others when asked to differentiate the two shades of blue. In her research, she aims to look at what age humans begin to categorize colors, as well as to look at the relationship between naming colors and color perception.
Soomin is a Composition major from Seoul, Korea and the rest of her family lives in the Philippines. She speaks English and Japanese (but no kanji), and is studying Spanish. She loves learning new languages because she believes that language is the most powerful way to understand and explore the culture. She enjoys traveling with her friends during vacations, which makes her spend all the money she has saved for a semester. In her free time, Soomin likes to collect vintage clothes, watch movies and Korean TV shows, listen to music, and read books.