Processing Emotion and Taboo in a Native vs. a Second Language: An ERP Study

Fogel, Allison R.

Bilinguals frequently report that words in a second language (L2) do not seem to have as much emotional impact as words in a native language (L1) and that it is easier to swear in L2. This intuition has been corroborated experimentally, most reliably by studies that have found greater skin conductance responses (SCRs) in response to emotional phrases and taboo words in L1 than in L2, ... read more

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