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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...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Does Language Shape What We Think?

    By Joshua Hartshorne | Scientific American "My seventh-grade English teacher exhorted us to study vocabulary with the following: "We think in words. The more words you know, the more thoughts you can have." This compound notion that language allows you to have ideas otherwise un-haveable...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Honesty Speaks a Second Language (2018)

    Abstract: Theories of dishonest behavior implicitly assume language independence. Here, we investigated this assumption by comparing lying by people using a foreign language versus their native tongue. Participants rolled a die and were paid according to the outcome they reported. Because the outcome...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 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
  • The Foreign-Language Effect Thinking in a Foreign Tongue Reduces Decision Biases (2012)

    Abstract: Would you make the same decisions in a foreign language as you would in your native tongue? It may be intuitive that people would make the same choices regardless of the language they are using, or that the difficulty of using a foreign language would make decisions less systematic. We discovered...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
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DISCUSSIONS
  • Wisdom in Understanding the Language of Law

    By Howard C. Nusbaum When I taught an undergraduate class on wisdom research at the University of Chicago a couple of years ago, students often conceptualized wisdom in terms of wise advice. This is generally a common idea about wisdom. Rather than thinking of wisdom in Aristotelian terms of wise action...
     Posted by: brendah
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