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Bilingual Decision Making

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Would you sacrifice one person to save five? Your response to this dilemma may change depending upon whether or not you are using your native tongue. Using a foreign language has consequences for cognition and behavior in a number of domains ranging from consumer choice to moral judgment. While an increasing number of foreign language effects have been found, little is understood about the underlying processes. She will argue that one such process may involve a dampening of emotional responses. Furthermore, she will present data suggesting that the diminished influence of emotion on choice may, in part, be driven by a reduction in the vividness of mental imagery. Because we imagine the future by drawing on memories of the past, and because memories are often language-dependent, processing a scene in a less familiar language can result in muted visualization, and subsequently, different choices. Based on these findings, she will propose that our native “autobiographical” language plays a key role in how our past experiences come to influence our future behavior.

 

About the Speaker

Sayuri Hayakawa, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor and Fellow in the Bilingualism and Psycholinguistics Research Group at Northwestern University. Her primary research interest is in understanding the role of language in how people make decisions. Her work involves looking at how using a native vs. foreign language affects the way we take and perceive risks, evaluate and act on moral dilemmas, and the potential roles of emotion and mental imagery. Before beginning her post-doctorate and faculty positions in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, Sayuri earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University.


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11/5/2020 06:00 PM
11/5/2020 7:00 PM
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Decision Making Process of Bilingual Speakers: A Psychological Perspective
Would you sacrifice one person to save five? Your response to this dilemma may change depending upon whether or not you are using your native tongue. Using a foreign language has consequences for cognition and behavior in a number of domains ranging from consumer choice to moral judgment. While an increasing number of foreign language effects have been found, little is understood about the underlying processes. She will argue that one such process may involve a dampening of emotional responses. Furthermore, she will present data suggesting that the diminished influence of emotion on choice may, in part, be driven by a reduction in the vividness of mental imagery. Because we imagine the future by drawing on memories of the past, and because memories are often language-dependent, processing a scene in a less familiar language can result in muted visualization, and subsequently, different choices. Based on these findings, she will propose that our native “autobiographical” language plays a key role in how our past experiences come to influence our future behavior.
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November 5
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