English priming effects on spatial decisions in Chinese

Suárez, L., Koh, A.B.B., and Zhang, D. (2013) English priming effects on spatial decisions in Chinese. International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, 3 (3). pp. 227-231.

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This study investigated the priming effects of English prepositions on spatial decisions in Chinese. Participants were English-Chinese bilinguals. One group of participants was exposed to written English sentences (primes) that contained the prepositions on, above, beneath, or below. Immediately after each sentence, an object was shown on the computer screen, and the participant was asked, in Chinese, to place a dot with the cursor either in a superior (上 shang) or inferior position (下 xia) with respect to the object. Note that, in Chinese, shang includes on and above, and xia includes beneath and below. The results showed that when the participants were primed with on and beneath, they placed dots closer to the object than when they were primed with above and below. Another group of participants did the same experiment, but the priming sentences were written in Chinese. No priming effects were found. Results for the two experimental groups were compared and discussed.

Item ID: 27792
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2010-3646
Keywords: bilingualism, linguistic relativity, English, Chinese, priming, spatial decisions
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2013 02:21
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl Speech Production and Comprehension) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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