The Stroop Effect

Via Leatrice Eiseman

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One response to “The Stroop Effect

  1. Yeah, this has nothing to do with a “left-right conflict”. That’s an incredible oversimplification of what’s going on. The basic finding with regards to the Stroop effect is that word-recognition is rapid and takes place automatically (i.e. even though we want to be saying the colour names, we are still recognizing and reading the words, and this interferes with our ability to name the colours). The neurological and psychological aspects behind this effect are much more complex than simply reducing it to saying “your left hemisphere wants to do this and your right hemisphere wants to do that”. Not to mention the fact that this whole right brain vs. left brain thing is a contrived pop-culture myth.

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