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Processing Advantage for Emotional Words in Bilingual Speakers

Ponari, M; Rodríguez-Cuadrado, S; Vinson, D; Fox, N; Costa, A; Vigliocco, G; (2015) Processing Advantage for Emotional Words in Bilingual Speakers. Emotion , 15 (5) pp. 644-652. 10.1037/emo0000061. Green open access

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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 nonnative language have provided mixed results: Studies that have found differences between native language (L1) and second language (L2) processing attributed the difference to the fact that 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 L2 and L1. Here, in a lexical decision task on tightly matched negative, positive, and neutral words, highly proficient English speakers from typologically different L1s 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. (PsycINFO Database Record

Type: Article
Title: Processing Advantage for Emotional Words in Bilingual Speakers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1037/emo0000061
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/emo0000061
Language: English
Additional information: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1461999
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