Behavioral and Brain Sciences

open peer commentary

a categorial mutation

oscar vilarroya a1
a1 unitat de recerca en neurociència cognitiva, departament de psiquatria i medicina legal, universitat autònoma de barcelona, 08035 barcelona, spain


the proposal of steels & belpaeme (s&b) is on the right track to solve the nativist/empiricist/culturalist controversy. however, their nativist model of colour categorization does not correspond to a proper genetic model. colour perception is the outcome of a complex process of development. a direct correspondence between genes and colour categories cannot be the right approach to the problem.