Using a Foreign Language Changes Our Choices

Sayuri Lynn Hayakawa*, Albert Costa, Alice Foucart, Boaz Keysar

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A growing literature demonstrates that using a foreign language affects choice. This is surprising because if people understand their options, choice should be language independent. Here, we review the impact of using a foreign language on risk, inference, and morality, and discuss potential explanations, including reduced emotion, psychological distance, and increased deliberation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-793
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • decision-making
  • foreign language
  • morality
  • risk.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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