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Colour categories in a stone-age tribe

Nature volume 398, pages 203204 (18 March 1999) | Download Citation

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The Dani of Irian Jaya are a stone-age Melanesian people who have provided an empirical basis for the study of cross-cultural perception and cognition1,2,3. Although they had only two terms for describing colour, the Dani memory for colour seemed to be much like that of modern English speakers. We have investigated another stone-age culture, the Berinmo of Papua New Guinea, for the way in which they categorize colours, but the results do not support the idea that colour categories could be universal.

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  1. *Goldsmiths College, University of London, London SE14 6NW, UK   e-mail: j.davidoff@gold.ac.uk

    • Jules Davidoff
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  2. †Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH, UK

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