The Stroop Effect On The Brain

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After recently suffering from a severe concussion, I became more interested in how the brain functions and processes different things. During that time, I had to take multiple concussion tests in which the Stroop Test was included. At the time, I had no clue what this scientific phenomenon was. Later, my Uncle had also suffered from a concussion and had to take the same tests as I did. This led me to wonder, does age affect your results when completing a Stroop task? The Stroop effect is a phenomenon that demonstrates how the brain processes words and colors differently. According to professors at the University of Michigan, "The Stroop effect (sometimes called the Stroop test) is an outcome of our mental (attentional) vitality and flexibility".…show more content…
The brain is one of the most complex organs in the body and it engages in a complex process that allows it to save and recall information. This process begins with the encoding or registration of information and then continues with processing and combining of received information or stimulus. Interference comes into play when you try to recall this processed information. In response to some prompt for use, in this case the Stroop test, the brain searches form some recollection of the stored information. Trying to access that information becomes difficult and interference…show more content…
In the eye, the cornea is entry point for light. In simple terms, the cornea is the transparent tissue at the front of the eye that functions as the window through which all light has to pass through on its way to forming visual perception. The reception of a clear image is dependent on the integrity of the corneal surface. However, with age, the lens is subject to cataracts and presbyopia in addition to other damage. This damage to the surface of the eye effects how people see and could potentially slow their reaction time to what they are seeing. So, a persons eyesight could potentially effect their results when challenged with a Stroop task. Overall, the Stroop effect is a very complex theory that is still being studied today and is very important to understand as it relates to the functions of the brain and eyes and is used as an important measurement or when testing for

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