Visuo-spatial memory advantage of biscriptal bilinguals

Suárez, Lidia, Beevi, Ismath, Soh, Jonathan J.H., Lim, Rachel P.L., and Teo, Sok Hui (2013) Visuo-spatial memory advantage of biscriptal bilinguals. In: Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Phsychology (1) pp. 60-66. From: 2nd Annual International Conference on Cognitive and Behavioural Phsychology, 25-26 February 2013, Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore.

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Previous studies have shown that bilinguals who use at least one logographic language show facilitation during the acquisition of a new logographic language, in comparison to bilinguals with two alphabetic languages. In the current study, we invited biscriptal English-Chinese bilinguals and monoscriptal English-Malay bilinguals to learn new logographic words presented visually, and we replicated those findings. Importantly, we examined memory skills that could explain the learning advantage of logographic forms. Thus, participants were asked to perform several visuo-spatial and auditory memory tasks. The results showed that the biscriptal bilinguals outperformed the monoscriptal bilinguals in all tasks associated with logographic learning and visual memory. These findings suggest that literacy in logographic script may promote visuo-spatial memory skills, facilitating the learning of new logographic forms.

Item ID: 25177
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISSN: 2251-1865
Keywords: biscriptal bilingual; visual memory; spatial memory; foreign language acquisition
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Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 22:43
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension) @ 50%
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