Posts tagged with 'Foreign Language Effect'

Using a Foreign Language Changes Our Choices

Sayuri Hayakawa, Albert Costa, Alice Foucart, and Boaz Keysar

Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2016

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 explanations, including reduced emotion, psychological distance, and increased deliberation.

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New York Times - Our moral tongue: Moral judgments depend on what language we're speaking

New York Times

Our moral tongue: Moral judgments depend on what language we're speaking

June 20th, 2014

ON June 20, 2003, employees of the Union Pacific Railroad faced a difficult decision as a runaway train headed toward downtown Los Angeles: Should they divert the train to a side track, knowing it would derail and hit homes in the less populated city of Commerce, Calif.? Did the moral imperative to minimize overall harm outweigh the moral imperative not to intentionally harm an innocent suburb?...

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Le Monde - Le langage de nos émotions

Le Monde

Le langage de nos émotions

Mai 20, 2014

La place des émotions dans la raison suscite un débat philosophique et psychologique depuis l'Antiquité. Une tendance dominante, incarnée par exemple par le sociologue allemand Norbert Elias dans son livre La Civilisation des moeurs (Pocket, 2003), considère que la civilisation consiste à remplacer progressivement l'honneur par la prudence, la vengeance par la justice, la partialité aux clans par l'impartialité, les émotions par la raison.

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The Economist - Gained in translation: When moral dilemmas are posed in a foreign language, people become more coolly utilitarian

The Economist

Gained in translation: When moral dilemmas are posed in a foreign language, people become more coolly utilitarian

May 17th, 2014

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