My Profile Photo

Sheogorath's Blog

Depending on the time of the day a friend, a colleague, a wise guy. The beauty of the world is its sense of humor to show humans their way by letting them search their own.

Cover image for this blog post

Words matter

Today I learned that the knowledge about a word for something has a noticeable impact on the ability to remember this thing. In a study by Jules Davidoff he showed that children and adults had noticeable higher error rates to notice and remember differences in simple colour pallets when they their culture didn’t have a word for a colour.

I came across this, after listening to an episode of the “Open Source Security”-Podcast mentioning a study about the inability of certain Namibian people, who are unable to tell the difference between certain blue and green tones. From there a link in their show notes, lead me to the article talking about it, hinting to a BBC video and having some angry commenters stating that it’s all wrong and the BBC story was wrong enough to be called made up. So with 2 other articles claiming to debunk the linked article, I was a bit lost, since the story was such a nice TIL topic. Willing to write a TIL article about it, I decided to go after the Researcher called responsible for all of this and found the study linked in the first paragraph. What a journey.