Publications

The findings of our studies are published in various journals on infant and child development and perception and cognition and are presented and discussed at national and international conferences. These publications and presentations contribute to understanding of  infant development. We also share our findings with the public via public talks and events and the media, including interviews for magazines, radio and television. We also work with various companies, for example, companies that make children's TV programmes and toys, to inform them about their products.

Tham, D.Y.S., Sowden, P.T., Grandison, A., Franklin, A., Lee, A., Ng, M. & Park, J. A systematic investigation of conceptual colour associations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Forthcoming.

Grandison, A., Sowden, P.T., Drivonikou, V.G., Notman, L.A., Alexander, I., & Davies, I.R.L. (2016). Chromatic perceptual learning but no category effects without linguistic input. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science, 7, 731.

Grandison, A., Sowden, P.T., Drivonikou, V.G., Notman, L.A., Alexander, I., & Davies, I.R.L. Chromatic perceptual learning and category effects. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science, under review.

Grandison, A., Sowden, P.T., & Davies, I.R.L. (2014). The evolution of “Grue”: Evidence for a new colour term in the Himba language. In W., Anderson, C.P. Biggam, C. Hough, & C.J. Kay (Eds.), Colour Studies: A Broad Spectrum. Amsterdam, NL: John Benjamins, in press. Forthcoming.

He, X., Witzel, C., Forder, F., Clifford, A., & Franklin, A. (2014). Color categories only affect post-perceptual processes when same- and different-category colors are equally discriminable. Journal of the Optical Society of America, 31, A322-A331.

Taylor, C., Clifford A. & Franklin, A. (2013). Color preferences are not Universal. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 1015-1028.

Clifford, A., Franklin, A., Holmes, A., Drivonikou, G.V., Ozgen, E., & Davies, I.R.L. (2012). Neural correlates of acquired color category effects. Brain and Cognition, 80, 126-143.

Taylor, C. & Franklin, A. (2012). The relationship between color-object associations and color preference: Further investigation of Ecological Valence Theory. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 19, 190-197.

Franklin, A., Gibbons, E., Chittenden, K., Taylor, C. & Alvarez, J. (2011). Infant color preference for red is not selectively context specific. Emotion, in press.

Franklin, A. & Sowden, P. (2011). Colour in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In Biggam, Carole P., Hough, Carole, Kay, Christian & Simmons, David R.C. (Eds.), New Directions in Colour Studies. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, Amsterdam, NL.

Clifford, A.,Franklin, A., Holmes, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2011). Investigating the underlying mechanisms of categorical perception of colour using the Event-Related Potential technique. In Biggam, Carole P., Hough, Carole, Kay, Christian & Simmons, David R.C. (Eds.), New Directions in Colour Studies. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, Amsterdam, NL.

Drivonikou, G.V., Clifford, A.,Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2011). Category training affects colour discrimination but only in the right visual field. In Biggam, Carole P., Hough, Carole, Kay, Christian & Simmons, David R.C. (Eds.), New Directions in Colour Studies. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, Amsterdam, NL.

Clifford, A., Holmes, A., Davies, I.R.L & Franklin, A. (2010). Color categories affect pre-attentive color perception. Biological Psychology, 85, 275-282.

Franklin, A., Bevis, L., Ling, Y. & Hurlbert, A. (2010). Biological components of infant colour preference. Developmental Science, 13, 346-354.

Franklin, A., Catherwood, D., Alvarez, J. & Axelsson, E. (2010). Hemispheric asymmetries in categorical perception of orientation in infants and adults. Neuropsychologia, 48, 2640-2647.

Franklin, A., Sowden, P., Notman, L., Gonzales-Dixon, M., West, D., Alexander, I., Loveday, S. & White, A. (2010). Reduced chromatic discrimination in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Developmental Science, 13, 188-200.

Clifford, A.,Franklin, A., Davies, I.R.L. & Holmes, A. (2009). Electrophysiological markers of color categories in the infant brain. Brain and Cognition, 71, 165-172.

Franklin, A. (2009). Pre-linguistic categorical perception of colour cannot be explained by colour preference: response to Roberson and Hanley. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 501-502.

Franklin, A., Wright, O. & Davies, I.R.L. (2009). What can we learn from toddlers about Categorical Perception of Colour? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102, 239-245.

Holmes, A.,Franklin, A., Clifford, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2009). Neuro-physiological evidence for Categorical Perception of Colour: evidence from Event-Related Potentials on a visual oddball task. Brain and Cognition, 69, 426-434.

Franklin, A., Drivonikou, G.V., Bevis, L., Davies, I.R.L., Kay, P. & Regier, T. (2008). Categorical Perception of color is lateralized to the right hemisphere in infants, but to the left hemisphere in adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 3221-3225.

Franklin, A., Drivonikou, G.V., Clifford, A., Kay, P., Regier, T. & Davies, I.R.L. (2008). Lateralization of Categorical Perception of color changes with color term acquisition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 47, 18221-18225.

Franklin, A., Pitchford, N.J.P., Mahony, L., Davies, I.R.L., Clausse, S. & Jennings, S. (2008). Salience of primary and secondary colours in infancy. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 26, 471-483.

Franklin, A., Sowden, P., Burley, R., Notman, L. & Alder, E. (2008). Colour perception in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1837-47.

Drivonikou, V., Kay, P., Regier, T., Ivry, R., Gilbert, A.,Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2007). Further evidence of Whorfian effects to the right visual field. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, (3), 1097-1102.

Daoutis, C.,Franklin, A., Riddett, A., Clifford, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). Categorical effects in children's colour search: a cross-linguistic comparison. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 23, 1-29.

Franklin, A. (2006). Constraints on children’s colour term acquisition. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 94, 322-327.

Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2006). Converging evidence for pre-linguistic colour categorisation. In C.P Biggam & N. Pitchford (Eds.), Progress in Colour Studies: Psychological Aspects (pp. 101-120). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Franklin, A., Clifford, A., Williamson, E. & Davies, I.R.L. (2005). Colour term knowledge does not affect Categorical Perception of colour in toddlers. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 90, 114-141.

Franklin, A., Pilling, M. & Davies, I.R.L. (2005). The nature of infant colour categorisation: Evidence from eye-movements on a target detection task. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 91, 227-248.

Franklin, A. & Davies, I.R.L. (2004). New evidence for infant colour categories. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 22 (3), 349-377.

Davies, I. & Franklin, A. (2002). Categorical similarity may affect colour pop-out in infants after-all. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 20, 185-203.

  • University Global Partnership Network, The University of Sao Paulo, Brasil. 2017
  • Royal Holloway, University of London, 2017
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2015
  • St Peters Catholic School, Guildford, 2015
  • Centre for Research in Cognition, Emotion and Interaction, University of Roehampton, 2014
  • Café Scientifique, Guildford, 2014
  • Institute for Mathematical Behavioural Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 2011
  • Ivry Lab, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • Department of Psychology, University of Nevada, 2011
  • Whitney-Silver-Palmer-Prinzmetal-Robertson research meeting, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2011
  • Center for the Explanation of Consciousness, Stanford University, 2011
  • Institute of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • Invited speaker, Optical Society of America Fall Vision Meeting, USA, 2010
  • Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, 2010
  • Invited debate, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen 2010
  • Vision@UCL, University College London, 2009
  • Keynote Address, Iberian Conference of Perception, 2009
  • Whitehead Lecture, Goldsmiths University, 2009
  • Language and Development Group, Oxford University, 2009
  • Adult and Child Cognition Group, Royal Holloway, 2009
  • Department of Psychology, Oxford Brookes University, 2008
  • Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, 2008
  • Health Sciences, University of Roehampton, 2008
  • Psychology Department, University of Reading, 2007
  • Psychology Department, University of Bangor, 2007
  • Psychology Department, Lancaster University, 2006
  • Childhood Research in Autism Cognition Group, University of Nottingham, 2006
  • Centre for Childhood Development and Learning, The Open University, 2005
  • Dannemiller Lab, Rice University, Houston, USA, 2004
  • Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, 2004
  • Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, 2004
  • Developmental Psychology Group, University of Nottingham, 2003
  • Surrey-Essex-Goldsmiths CogPop Group, University of Surrey, 2003
  • Developmental Psychology Group, Oxford University, 2003

Television, radio and podcast appearances

  • Science Weekly, “What can babies see?”
  • Guardian Virtual Reality, " Virtual Impressions: The First Year of Life"
  • ZDF Television, Germany, “The Magic of Colours”
  • BBC Horizon “Do You See What I See?”
  • BBC Radio 4 "Technicolour: Colour Naming"
  • The Naked Scientist, BBC 5 Live
  • Southern Counties Radio
  • Eagle Radio (Surrey)
  • National Public Radio (USA)
  • Radio 6PR Perth (Australia)
  • Beat Radio (Ireland)
  • Mercury Radio (England)

Newspaper / Magazine articles

  • The Guardian
  • BBC News Online 
  • The Times
  • Junior Baby and Pregnancy Magazine
  • Take-a-Break
  • Daily Mirror
  • Stylist
  • Daily Record
  • Surrey Advertiser
  • Terra Online (Spain)
  • Obera online (Argentina)
  • La Tercera Online (Colombia)
  • PakTribune Online (Pakistan)
  • Mente & Cervello (Mind and Brain; Italy)

Public engagement events

  • Future Frontiers: transforming the life chances of disadvantaged young people, 2017
  • Psychology and Education: A Workshop for Stakeholders, 2015
  • Café Scientifique Guildford, 2014
  • Science Showoff, British Science Academy Science Communication Festival, 2014
  • Bright Club Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2013
  • Bright Club Guildford,  2012

Consultancy

  • Cow & Gate Baby Club; “The Happy Song”, 2016
  • Dyrup Ltd; Infant colour perception, 2007
  • Wish Films; Attention in toddlers for development of a TV programme for toddlers, 2006