Re: Language/brain/culture

Sheldon Klein (sklein@CS.WISC.EDU)
Thu, 8 Aug 1996 01:27:14 -0500

With regard to the discussion on brain hemisphere/language,
I remember reading a paper circa 1978-80 that described
an experiment with Hopi children reading the same story twice--
once in English and once in Hopi,
while hooked up to an EEG (Electroencephalograph--) that measures
electrical activity at various brain sites --

The writers claimed that the children had significantly more
left hemisphere than right hemisphere electrical activity when
reading the English version, but that the situation was reversed
when reading the Hopi version.
However, I was told by a Math. Dept. Grad student that the
interpretation of the statistical results was somewhat overstated.

>>>>About the same time, I remember reading a rather strongly
substantiated experimental description of a Thematic Apperception Test
(TAT) given twice to the same group of Canadian students bilingual in
French and English.

(TATs use a set of uncaptioned drawings to elicit interpretations
of situational content that are evaluated in terms of 'personality'

The same students were reported to have manifested different
personality patterns when the test was conducted in English, and then
in French.

===========I've lost track of the references--
Is anyone on this list more familiar with the items I recall?