Development of Categorical Colour Perception in Children with Speech Disorders



The paper focuses on the features of categorical colour perception in children with speech disorders, situ- ating the issue within a wider context of the general problem of linguistic determination of colour perception. The principal hypothesis was that speech disorders have a selective delaying effect upon the development of intercategorical colour differentiation in children. The study involved 92 children aged 4—7 years with gener- al speech underdevelopment and a control group of 100 children of the same age with normal speech develop- ment. The experimental task included a computerized version of the visual search test; the time required for intercategorical and intracategorical colour recognition was then compared. The outcomes of the study revealed that speech disorders do slow down the development of categorical effects of colour perception: the differences in the time required for intercategorical and intracategorical tasks were less pronounced in the chil- dren with general speech underdevelopment than in those from the control group. In general, speech disorders mostly affect categorical colour perception in children at the age of 4—5, and then their impact gradually flat- tens as the child reaches the age of 7.

General Information

Keywords: categorical perception, intercategorical and intracategorical colour recognition, general speech underdevelopment, visual search, functional brain asymmetry

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Goncharov O.A., Romanov S.G. Development of Categorical Colour Perception in Children with Speech Disorders. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2014. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 78–85. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Oleg A. Goncharov, Doctor of Psychology, assistant professor, Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, International University of Nature, Society and Man «Dubna», Professor of the Faculty of Practical Psychology of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences. Member of the editorial board of the Psychological Journal of the University of Dubna, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Stepan G. Romanov, Post-Graduate Student, Department of General Psychology, Institute of Social Technologies, Syktyvkar State University, e-mail:



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