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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