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  • Communicating in a foreign language takes emotion out of decision-making

    by Carla Reiter, UChicago News If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any difference if that choice is presented in a language you speak, but isn’t your native tongue? Psychologists at the University...
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  • Thinking More or Feeling Less? Explaining the Foreign-Language Effect on Moral Judgment (2017)

    Abstract: Would you kill one person to save five? People are more willing to accept such utilitarian action when using a foreign language than when using their native language. In six experiments, we investigated why foreign-language use affects moral choice in this way. On the one hand, the difficulty...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Using a Foreign Language Changes Our Choices (2016)

    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...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
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