Using a Foreign Language Changes Our Choices.

Research paper by Sayuri S Hayakawa, Albert A Costa, Alice A Foucart, Boaz B Keysar

Indexed on: 08 Sep '16Published on: 08 Sep '16Published in: Trends in Cognitive Sciences


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.