Gender differences in colour naming

Mylonas, Dimitris and Paramei, Galina V. and MacDonald, Lindsay (2014) Gender differences in colour naming. In: Colour Studies: A Broad Spectrum. John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, pp. 225-239. ISBN 9789027212191

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Gender differences in colour naming were explored using a web-based experiment in English. Each participant named twenty colours selected from 600 Munsell samples, presented one at a time against a neutral background. Colour names and typing onset response times were registered. For the eleven basic colour terms, elicitation frequency was comparable for both genders. Females demonstrated more elaborated colour vocabulary, with more descriptors in general and more non-basic monolexemic terms; they also named colours faster than males. The two genders differ in the repertoire of frequent colour terms: a Bayesian synthetic observer revealed that women segment colour space linguistically more densely in the “warm” area whereas men do so in the “cool” area. Current “nurture” and “nature” explanations of why females excel in colour naming behaviour are considered.

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Keywords: colour naming; English; Munsell; gender differences; web-based experiment; Bayesian synthetic observer
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Galina Paramei
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2016 08:28
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 10:28

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