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Colorful mind

Where we think about colors in our brains changes the more we learn about them. At least that’s according to this study that was released in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The UC Berkeley researchers said that in infants the right side of the brain processes colors (often considered the “creative side”), but as soon as we learn words associated with those colors, it switches over to the left side of the brain (the “analytical side”). The researchers said the same thing happens when babies and grown-ups look at dogs and cats.

Typically the left brain is the “dominant” side of the brain in humans (we do more processing with it). However, I wonder if there is a difference at all in people who have a dominant right brain (left-handed people, people with brain injuries, etc.).



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.