Variations in bilingual processing of positive and negative information

Ong, E, Hussain, S, Chow, Y and Thompson, C 2017, Variations in bilingual processing of positive and negative information , in: 6th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, 6th-7th March 2017, Singapore.

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Abstract

Past research suggests that the emotional content of words has greater impact when presented in a bilingual's first language (L1) compared to their second language (L2). This is predicted to be a consequence of automatic processing of emotional words in L1 compared to slower, semantic processing in L2. In the current study 58 Chinese-English bilinguals from Hong Kong rated the valence and arousal of positive, neutral, and negative words presented in Chinese (L1) and English (L2). In contrast to predictions, perceived emotionality of the words was higher in L2, with positive words rated more positively and negative words rated more negatively when presented in English compared to Chinese. The findings suggest that words presented in L2 did not have lower emotional impact than L1, the results indicate that emotional processing of words may be influenced by language proficiency and language complexity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: 6th Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology
Publisher: Global Science and Technology Forum
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Depositing User: Dr Catherine Thompson
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2017 13:19
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 15:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42614

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