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Can Multilingualism Deter the Effect of Implicit Misleading Cues?
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by Jean-Paul Noel - Gustavus Adolphus College
Multilinguals appear better able than monolinguals to
suppress implicit misleading cues that lead to misguided associations.
This study induced participants (N = 108), weakly and strongly, to
misguided association. The hypothesis of the experiment was that
monolinguals and multilinguals would not differ in the amount of
misguided associations expressed when stimuli induced misguided
association weakly, through priming, but that they would differ
(multilinguals showing fewer) when it induced associations strongly
(through the IAT). The results confirmed the hypothesis, providing
evidence for the conjecture that multilingualism does deter the
effect of implicit misleading cues. Because of the quasi-experimental
nature of this study, its conclusions remain open to further
Summer 2011 | Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research (Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 73), published by Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology (Chattanooga, TN). Copyright, 2011, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. All rights reserved.