Processing advantage for emotional words in bilingual speakers

Ponari, Marta and Rodriguez-Cuadrado, Sara and Vinson, David and Fox, Neil and Costa, Albert and Vigliocco, Gabriella (2015) Processing advantage for emotional words in bilingual speakers. Emotion, 15 (5). pp. 644-652. ISSN 1528-3542. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000061) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Effects of emotion on word processing are well established in monolingual speakers. However, studies that have assessed whether affective features of words undergo the same processing in a native and non-native language have provided mixed results: studies that have found differences between L1 and L2 processing, attributed it to the fact that a second language (L2) learned late in life would not be processed affectively, because affective associations are established during childhood. Other studies suggest that adult learners show similar effects of emotional features in L1 and L2. Differences in affective processing of L2 words can be linked to age and context of learning, proficiency, language dominance, and degree of similarity between the L2 and the L1. Here, in a lexical decision task on tightly matched negative, positive and neutral words, highly proficient English speakers from typologically different L1 showed the same facilitation in processing emotionally valenced words as native English speakers, regardless of their L1, the age of English acquisition or the frequency and context of English use.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: word processing; emotion; bilingualism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Marta Ponari
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 11:44 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 15:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/46674 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ponari, Marta: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7658-8360
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