Color-Word Stroop Task
Do well on the Color-Word Stroop Task
indicates cognitive function
more importantly cognitive flexibility
You know the test
the one where the word "purple
is written in red
and "red" is written in blue ink
How fast are you?
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge
See the Colors Around You
Look around in Eastern James Bay Cree
there are colors all around
it is purple
the color of jam
it is brown
it looks like the color of a singed beaver
it is yellow
it is a little bit yellow
it is a flashy,
it is stone or metal red
it is stick-like red
it is purple
the colour of jam
it is sky blue
it is pinky-red
it is a little red thing
it looks orange
the colour of a bakeapple berry
it is burgundy-coloured purple
the colour of a bruise
it is white mud
it has white feathers
it is faded
it is greyish like a dog
it is white and can be seen from afar
when the sun shines on it
it is turquoise
the colour of a clear blue sky
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge Day 21
April 21, 2020
Words from http://dict.eastcree.org/Words
English splits hues into distinct colors
according to lightness
red and pink
orange and brown
objectively no more different from one another
than light green and dark green
or light blue and dark blue
A Russian makes the same red and pink
and orange & brown distinctions
and a further distinction between blue
sinii (dark blue) and goluboi (light blue)
April 9, 2020 Generations Sifting the Red Lights of Yaha
"Yaha" means many things
depending on how you pronounce the A's
In Eastern Karaboro spoken in Burkina Faso
the example sentences tell much about life and feelings
"Yaha" [yãhã́] means red as in "U nayreyãhã par"
he bought a shirt red
"Yaha" [yáhā] means the generation as in "Ma yaha la ta ne, ma n nii n sã ra na?"
are you of my generation to scold me?
"Yahafua" [yáháfuā] means person from same age as in "Nawee yai u u yahafua yigi naambiyɛ"
we have to choose a person of the same age as a friend
"Yaha" [yāhā] means half as in "U ke nguyaha fua kaa"
he grilled half a chicken and he ate
"Yaha" [yàhà] means entrust it to someone as in "N sẽmbua yaha your cĩĩfua ye"
I entrusted a goat to my little brother
"Yaha" [yáhà] means sift as in "U saasege sege, ma pe miy yaha"
she pounded the corn and sifted the flour
"Yaha" [yàhà] means spread out or style a box as in "U nwoŋ yaha"
he put the roof on the hut
"Yaha" [yàhà] means shake a branch or tree as in "U ke ndoho katyigi yaha, kapra n too"
he shook the shea tree, and the fruit fell
"Yaha" [yàhà] means sacrifice as in "U mpar yaha"
he sacrificed and God "Yãhã" [Yãhã̀] ̀
"Yaha" [yàhà] means leave as in "Tɛr u yaha kaha wo"
I left it at home
"Yãhã" [yãhã̀] ̀menas Leprosy as in "Faale na, nawee- busãã pye yãhã ne"
in the past, many people had leprosy
"Yãhã" [yãhã̀] ̄means spin or wander as in "Ke kãnsyũhũ yãhã yãhãyĩŋ na"
the big bird whirls in the sky
"Yãhã di" [Yãhã̀ ̀ dī] means swear as in "U Yãhã di, ma yee woo sẽ pe war gbe ye"
he swore he didn't take the money
"Yãhã gbãã" [yãhã̀ ̀ gbãã] means lightning as in "Yãhã gbãã dye katyingbãŋ gaa wo"
lightning has struck down a large tree
"Yaha le" [yàhà lè] means to shut up as in "Cicar nwo nahafua ma u flaŋ, u ga yaha le"
if the mother of this child console him, he will be silent
"Yãhã wãyihi" [yãhã̀ ̀ wãyíhì] means lightning as in "Naweebusãã n fya yãhã wãyihi na"
a lot of people are afraid of lightning
"Yaha ye" [yàhà yē] means before as in "Ta cĩĩfua tɛr ra yaha ye Gbaafɔ na"
my little brother is gone before me in Banfora
"Yaha ye" [yàhà yē] means front as in "U dyale n yãr u yaha ye cãã laam wo"
his son walks in front of him at market
"Yãhã cãã" [yãhã̀ cã̀ ã́] ̀means clarity and natural light as in "Ma'a ma nwoŋ fenaatɛr yãr, yãhã cãã ga dye."
if you open your house window, clarity will come in
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge
From the Upcoming book by Kimberly Burnham, 20 / 20 Seeing Color Around the World, a Daily Vision Health Program
April 7, 2020 Seeing Through a Horses Eyes
Horse jumping courses should cater to horse vision
florescent yellow and bright blue fences
the safest colors on the track
Orange is not a good color
like white, blues and yellows to horses
eliciting better behavior and performance
High contrast colors white and bright blue best on a grey day
fluorescent yellow best against the middle of the fence
so horses start their jump farther back
See better, jump higher
when jumping a bright blue-marked fence
practice with all colors be prepared to approach less visible fences
by Kimberly Burnham
Colors and Healing Poetry Challenge
April 5, 2020 Red Root Chakra
I feel grounded
a body and a planet linked
Mt Shasta in California and the root of the body
red a primal energy center
the petals of the lotus flower
standing strong within a square
I am creative
an inventive center of birth
where geysers rush to the surface
awakened from the root at the base of the spine
OOOOOO the sound rising
supporting the adrenals
large intestine, kidneys, blood
I am strong
skeletal structure and teeth
the place of deepest connections
physical body, environment and Earth
I have What I Need
a place where survivors are born
fight and flight rise into nature
smelling sage and cedar
I am courageous
harnessing bravery and resourcefulness
preserving life in challenging times
connecting us from generation to generation
creating stability and rootedness in the face of fear
I can change and adapt
for transformation and growth
inside ourselves and with the Earth element
the mythic white elephant with seven trunks
I have space here and now
at the base of the Sephira Malkuth kingliness
associated with the World of Assiah the material plane
the "densest" of the Four Worlds of the Kabbalah
I trust in the possibilities before me
by Kimberly Burnham
Color Poetry and Healing Challenge
Bright Red Before Birth
In Kassem a language of West Africa's Burkina Faso
"cwɛn cwɛn" describes intensively red
"kʋ yɩ nasʋŋʋ cwɛn cwɛn" it's bright red
"na-cwɛn is a heifer
and one "cwɛn" alone is a woman
who has not yet given birth
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge
words from http://sil-burkina.org/fr/content/dictionnaire-kassem-fran%C3%A7ais
1.1 Billion Years Old Neon Pink
A pretty pink earth
the color first made by a living thing
1.1 billion years old
belongs to a cyanobacteria
used in photosynthesis
chlorophyll may very well be green
pinkish pigments result from fossilized porphyrins
in atomic ring around a magnesium ion
to form a chlorophyll molecule
hidden till found a billion years later by scientists
grinding up marine shale
dug out from the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania
this particular batch of bacteria
died all at once and sunk down to the seafloor
isolated from oxygen long enough to fossilize
preserved underground until 10 years ago
a mining company dug it up
pink held against the sunlight
a neon pink
A found poem based on Giaimo, Cara (July 10, 2018) Found: The First Color Made By a Living Thing It’s 1.1 billion years old, and it’s bright pink. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/first-color-pink-sahara
Royalty Followed by Pinkish Pink
In Dutch "roze" or "pink" is found between
"royalty" the same word in English
a payment made to a writer
a homonym only in English for Kings and Queens
that kind of royalty is "koningschap" in Dutch
next in a bilingual dictionary is "roze" pink
followed by pinkish "rozeachtig"
"Roze" is also pink in Albanian and Bosnian
but in Urdu "roze" or وزے means fasting
a very different word pink fasting
the pink of an empty stomach wall
- From the Upcoming book by Kimberly Burnham, 20 / 20 Seeing Color Around the World, a Daily Vision Health Program. More poetry, color research, and vision exercises at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/peace/category/color-vision
Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She authored, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013.
Contact Kimberly at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/ or email her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com
Nurture vs Nature: Color Vision in The Brain
A 2017 study looked at color vision and what constitutes a distinct color in infants and found that infants could parse or separate red, yellow, green, blue and purple. They cfound a biological basis for how we talk about colors and that it is not only culturally influenced.
Here is what researchers said about it. "The biological basis of the commonality in color lexicons across languages has been hotly debated for decades. Prior evidence that infants categorize color could provide support for the hypothesis that color categorization systems are not purely constructed by communication and culture. Here, we investigate the relationship between infants' categorization of color and the commonality across color lexicons, and the potential biological origin of infant color categories. We systematically mapped infants' categorical recognition memory for hue onto a stimulus array used previously to document the color lexicons of 110 nonindustrialized languages. Following familiarization to a given hue, infants' response to a novel hue indicated that their recognition memory parses the hue continuum into red, yellow, green, blue, and purple categories. Infants' categorical distinctions aligned with common distinctions in color lexicons and are organized around hues that are commonly central to lexical categories across languages. The boundaries between infants' categorical distinctions also aligned, relative to the adaptation point, with the cardinal axes that describe the early stages of color representation in retinogeniculate pathways, indicating that infant color categorization may be partly organized by biological mechanisms of color vision."
They concluded, "color categorization in language and thought is partially biologically constrained and have implications for broader debate on how biology, culture, and communication interact in human cognition."
Some have argued that how terms categorize the continuum of color and how color lexicons evolve is biologically constrained; others have argued that color terms and their categories are culturally and linguistically constructed. Cognitive scientists from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., linguistics, neuroscience, vision science, anthropology, developmental science) have been working for decades to understand how color terms and their categories form.
- Skelton, A. E., G. Catchpole, et al. (2017). "Biological origins of color categorization." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114(21): 5545-5550.
The Love Writers, Kimberly Burnham, Shirley Kiefer, et al. (Jan 18, 2013). Valentine's Day Anthology, Poetry ... Prose & Stories of Love by The Love Writers Inner Child Press. ISBN: 0615756263 Poem: Kimberly Burnham pg 20 Red Juxtaposed
"... Red intertwined amongst the yellow and green, fabric woven with love, a gift from a friend ..." —Kimberly Burnham, pg 8 Red Juxtaposed in Valentine's Day Anthology, Poetry ... Prose & Stories of Love, The Love Writers with Inner Child Press (2013)
Patterns of red
the fabric of my heart.
Rough, red tongued puppy
born on a snowy day.
Book covering in red, white and orange
my chapter, "Fractals: Seeing the Patterns
in Our Existence."
Edges of red around Time,
news on the coffee table.
Across the pastel room
the hands of time tick
against a red background.
A brilliant green cycling jersey
covering the red of my heart,
the blue of my politics.
Beet red, "green" drink
brightens this February morning.
Red intertwined amongst the yellow and green
fabric woven with love,
a gift from a friend.
Bits of ribbon, a velvet book mark, a box of Goddess cards
stand as reminders of those I adore.
Red framing a beating Japanese character,
"Kokoro" at the heart of my mouse pad,
token of a far away land
where I served my tribe.
Tail lights, stop signs, whirling sirens
keeping my journey safe
as I unearth the colors in my life.
— Kimberly Burnham
Feature on the cover of the Inner Child Magazine (InnerChildMagazine.com) October 2014 and a published author, Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine) is an alternative medicine specialist focused on supporting people with Parkinson's disease, Huntington's ataxia, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, macular degeneration and other brain related issues. Her book, Parkinson's Alternatives is widely available. September, 2014, she presented on alternative medicine approaches to back and hip pain in Parkinson's disease at the Spokane Pain Conference. Kimberly is considered a world authority on Parkinson's disease treatments from the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She offers natural approaches to eliminate Parkinson's and nervous system symptoms. Her publications empower both people with brain disorders and those who love and care about them.
Kimberly is also a poet and contributes monthly to a book series by Inner Child Press entitled, The Year of The Poet from the Poetry Posse. In 2013 Kimberly bicycled over 3000 miles from Seattle to Washington, DC on the Hazon Cross USA bicycle ride in support of sustainable agriculture and food justice. She is currently working on a book of poetry about the adventure, The Journey Home, which will be published with the Creating Calm Network Publishing Group. An active social media expert, she is happy to connect on LinkedIn and elsewhere. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
With her partner, Elizabeth W. Goldstein and Ann White, Kimberly is editing an anthology published Fall, 2014: Music, Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers. Her essay focuses on her connection to the land and the natural environment. It looks at the song Adamah v'Shamayim (earth and sky).
Poet and author, Shirley Kiefer, turned 80 years old and then released her debut book, Love Among the God: Myths of Relationships. West Hartford, Connecticut resident, Shirley Kiefer brings feminist insight to ancient mythology. "It is especially important today with the global rise in violence towards women," says Kiefer, a long time educator, passionate about relationships and learning from literature.
Her books include: Love Among the Gods: Myths of Relationship by Shirley Kiefer (2014) published by the Creating Calm Network Publishing Group.
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Kimberly Burnham, PhD (Integrative Medicine)
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imberly Burnham, The Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Expert, Professional Health Coach for people with Alzheimer's disease, Memory Issues, Parkinson's disease, Chronic Pain, Huntington's Ataxia, Multiple Sclerosis, Keratoconus, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Neuropathy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Health Coaching ... Contact Kimberly Burnham in Spokane Washington (860) 221-8510 NerveWhisperer@gmail.com.
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