Bilingualism and increased attention to speech: Evidence from event-related potentials

Kuipers, J.R. and Thierry, G. (2015) Bilingualism and increased attention to speech: Evidence from event-related potentials. Brain and Language, 149. pp. 27-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2015.07.004

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A number of studies have shown that from an early age, bilinguals outperform their monolingual peers on executive control tasks. We previously found that bilingual children and adults also display greater attention to unexpected language switches within speech. Here, we investigated the effect of a bilingual upbringing on speech perception in one language. We recorded monolingual and bilingual toddlers� event-related potentials (ERPs) to spoken words preceded by pictures. Words matching the picture prime elicited an early frontal positivity in bilingual participants only, whereas later ERP amplitudes associated with semantic processing did not differ between groups. These results add to the growing body of evidence that bilingualism increases overall attention during speech perception whilst semantic integration is unaffected.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Psychology
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 02:27
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2015 03:18
ISSN: 0093-934X
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5131
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2015.07.004
Publisher: Elsevier
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