Brain Correlates of Categorization

Languages categorize common objects differently. While two containers might share a name in English, they have different names in Chinese (or vice versa). This study looks at how different languages vary in categorizing objects and how these differences are reflected in the brain activity of language users. Chinese and English speakers are asked to name pictures of objects while their brain activity is measured in the MRI, and we investigate whether these language differences result in processing differences as well.

This project investigates the brain activity associated with categorizing objects in your first or second language.