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Stroop effect
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There has been some research using the Stroop Effect in languages with non-Latin scripts.  Is any-one in this group doing any work in this area?  I am thinking of doing some research on Koreans but…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacob Lee Jun 9, 2014.


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I got an AB in philosophy from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin) with an unofficial minor in anthropology (courses under H. K. Schneider and Ron Mason). I then did graduate work in anthropology at the University of Illinois (especially under Don Lathrap and Oscar Lewis), Northern Illinois University ( Mike Salovesh, Jamil Hanifi) and Southern Illinois University (W.W. Taylor, M. Lionel Bender). After and during some years in museum work and field archaeology (mostly in Germany), I studied mathematics at the University of Goettingen for seven semesters before entering the anthropology program at the same university, where I concentrated on North American archaeology (Gordon Whitakker). I have also done ethnographic research in Chiapas (Mexico), the U.S. (Amana, educational settings, a rural commune), Germany, Ethiopia, and Korea. I was a teaching assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Culture at Konyang University (South Korea). Besides my work on Mid-West (U.S.) archaeology, I am doing research on sociolinguistics in Korea and Kazakhstan.  I am also interested in osteohistology (see

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At 5:01am on August 22, 2010, Michael Findlay said…
I haven't given you any credit whatsoever. However you seem to be claiming alot of knowledge that is very easily disputed.

Early settlers called some people "King Billy" or similar names and hung a plate around their neck but that does not make them rulers. The word "ruler" does not fit Indigenous Australian society, you are putting a European spin on this topic. I'm not arguing about Africa where there were indeed rulers of tribal societies, instead we are discussing Australia which in essence was highly communistic, with all people of "adult" age having equal say commensurate with their knowledge of the Dreaming. A consensus is then reached within the group according to Dreamtime law.
At 3:01am on August 22, 2010, Alice C. Linsley said…
The word "ruler" is also used to apply to elders. Tribal elders are sometimes refered to as rulers or chiefs in anthropolgical literature. Don't be such a literalist.

The Australian Red Ochre Men are not my idea. Did you think I made them up? You give me too much credit. I'm not that imaginative! : )
At 1:45am on August 22, 2010, Michael Findlay said…
I simply do not know where you get your ideas from. Put as fine a point on it as you can. Aboriginal society in Australia did not and still does not have "rulers".
At 11:03pm on August 21, 2010, Alice C. Linsley said…
No to put too fine a point on it, but the red ochre men are "rulers" in that they render judgement in cases, moving from place to place.
At 10:27pm on August 21, 2010, Michael Findlay said…
"Among many ancient peoples, burying dead rulers in red ochre expressed the hope that of life after death (rebirth from the womb of Earth?). This practice has been observed in burial sites in Czechoslovakia, Wales, France, and Australia."

Being Australian I'd be extremely interested to know what "rulers" were buried in red ochre. I'm not disputing the red ochre aspect (that was not an uncommon practise) but certainly the "ruler" aspect is incorrect. Aboriginal Australians did not have rulers, they had (and still have) elders but they were groups of knowledgeable people who imparted knowledge to the younger generations.

The rule of Aboriginal Law was by consensus and handed down in Dreaming Legends, it wasn't imposed by individual "rulers" because Indigenous Australian did not have rulers.

With regards to ochre burials in Indigenous Australia you had to actually have access to it, obviously it isn't everywhere. Most, not all, of the time the body of the deceased was left in a tree to rot away leaving only the bones, the bones were then buried with the ochre, if it was available.
At 8:15pm on August 21, 2010, Alice C. Linsley said…
You're right. Red ochre burials are so widely diffused that we know this represents an extremely old practice.

Its been great to chat with you, Kim! I hope we can catch up with each other later.
At 7:58pm on August 21, 2010, Alice C. Linsley said…
These colors may represent a new national identity but probably are related to an older color symbolism. Certainly that is the case with red. "In European art, color is generally understood in terms of the primary colors red, yellow and blue," says Karen Milbourne, an expert in African art. "But throughout much of Africa, the primary colors are red, white and black. They don't mean the same thing to every group, but they appear over and over again."

According to Milbourne, the color white signifies the spirit world of the ancestors, procreative power, and the nurturing quality of mother's milk. Black connotes the unknown or the mysterious. Red signifies the blood shed in warfare, hunting, animal sacrifice and in childbirth. Among many ancient peoples, burying dead rulers in red ochre expressed the hope that of life after death (rebirth from the womb of Earth?). This practice has been observed in burial sites in Czechoslovakia, Wales, France, and Australia.
At 6:18pm on August 21, 2010, Alice C. Linsley said…
That's interesting! You should chat with Susan Burns. She has good information of the religious significance of honey bees among the Sudanese, Egyptians and Ethiopians. She has written: "Bee symbols are at the very heart of the afro-semetic language. Mn was the Egyptian god of the hive. The miraculous appearance of honey was attributed to him. Mn (with added Hebrew Heh) could be the Mannah (honeycomb) of Moses' Exodus sustaining the Israelites in the wilderness. I think it is interesting that the earliest Aramaic churches were hexagram shaped - a replica of a honeycomb cell. The hexagram shape is also the shape of the "inner sanctum" of the Magen David." You might want to reply to this here:

I'd be interested in your thoughts on this.
At 8:47am on August 21, 2010, Alice C. Linsley said…
I'd love to chat with you about Ethiopian enthnography. I'm doing some research in that area. Also, and effects of climate change on the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes.
At 1:28am on August 21, 2010, Alice C. Linsley said…
Welcome, Kim, to OAC. I hope that you find this an interesting and informative site. What is your specific area of anthropological interest?

Best wishes,
Alice C. Linsley


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