Babies Sort Colors Before Speaking

Have you ever wondered if babies can distinguish colors before they’ve managed to learn the words for them? Or is it the ability to name the colors what enables babies to differentiate between them? Scientists have just found out that infants see red, yellow, green, blue, and purple as different color categories, suggesting that there is a biological basis for categorizing color that's independent of language.

“The ability to categorize is fundamental to cognition and human survival, and color has long been a useful testing ground for looking at the broader questions about how the human mind sorts information,” said Anna Franklin, a professor of visual perception and cognition at the University of Sussex in England and a co-author of the research paper. "If you can't group things into categories, the world would be a very confusing place.”

Pretty amazing, isn’t it? And all the more reason to feed your little one the colors of the rainbow right from the start!

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