Emotional activation in the first and second language

Eilola, T.M. and Havelka, J. and Sharma, D. (2007) Emotional activation in the first and second language. Cognition and Emotion, 21 (5). 1064 -1076. ISSN 0269-9931 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Late Finnish-English bilinguals were presented with neutral, positive, negative and taboo words in a modified Stroop paradigm in both Finnish and English. Significant interference from negative and taboo words compared to neutral words was found in both languages, whereas positive words were not found to differ significantly from neutral words. Furthermore, no differences in the size of the interference were present between languages. This suggests that, for late bilinguals with good knowledge of their second language, the first (L1) and second (L2) language are equally capable of activating the emotional response to word stimuli representing threat, and thus interfering with the cognitive processes involved in responding to colour. This effect was equivalent for negative and taboo words.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Louise Dorman
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2008 18:11
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:08
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2598 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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