Linking Color and Shape

A fascinating study seeks to explain why young children use the “wrong” colors for various objects when they color:

Young children may colour trees blue or grass red because their memories can’t “bind” together the colour and shape of an object.

Because the brain stores colour and shape in different groups of neurons, Vanessa Simmering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison suspected that young children have not yet developed the ability to link the information stored in each.

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