Short CV/Education and training

  • 2005 – 2011
    Lecturer to Reader, University of Surrey

  • 2010 – 2011
    Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

  • Since 2011
    Reader in Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Sussex

Selected publications

  • 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.

  • 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, 2648-57.

  • 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., 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, USA, 105, 3221-3225.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • ERC funded 'CATEGORIES' project: The origin and impact of colour categories in language and thought. (1.5 million euros).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the American Psychological Association

  • Member of the UK Colour Group

  • Member of the Vision Sciences Society

Media coverage

  • Media: BBC World, the 'Why Factor'; BBC Horizon, 'Do you See What I See?'; National Public Radio (USA); The Naked Scientist, BBC 5 Live; Southern Counties Radio; Eagle Radio; Radio 6PR Perth (Australia); Beat Radio (Ireland); Mercury Radio; BBC News Online; Nature News; The Times: Junior Baby and Pregnancy Magazine; Surrey Advertiser


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  1. How we perceive colour depends on our culture and language

    Our ability to see a colour is limited by the words we have to describe it, and understanding more about this could help improve how colour-blind children learn and develop, according to Anna Franklin, professor of visual perception and cognition at the University of Sussex.

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    The distinguishing between colours takes place in the cognitive regions of the brain rather than in areas responsible for vision or language, suggests new research by Dr. Anna Franklin, reader in psychology.