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Academic Paper


Title: Bilinguals as “experts”? Comparing performance of mono- to bilingual individuals via a mousetracking paradigm
Author: Markus Damian
Author: Wenting Ye
Author: Minah Oh
Author: Sian Yang
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
English
Abstract: The question of whether bilingualism conveys a broader advantage in executive functions has recently been controversially discussed, with the empirical findings presenting a complex pattern of positive and null results. Here we present results from three standard tasks measuring executive functions (Flanker; Simon; Spatial Stroop) in which we compared performance of English monolingual to Chinese–English bilingual young adults. Participants provided responses via movement of a computer mouse rather than the conventional key presses, which provides a rich signal of the unfolding response dynamics. Clear differences between bi- and monolinguals emerged, with the former providing more ‘efficient’ responses than the latter. Results are discussed regarding the extent to which these results can be characterised as a genuine “bilingual advantage”.

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This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 22, Issue 5, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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