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who saw pictures of yawning faces yawned significantly more frequently than those who saw neutral faces. However, images presented had no effect on performance of the Stroop task. By Jemma Giles Bilinguals and emotion of words Research topic –Emotional effects of first and second language words for bilinguals’. Previous Research - Ayçiçeği & Harris (2008) reported that bilinguals experience more emotion when discussing their past life experiences or sensitive topic in their first language. They also showed that bilinguals have greater physiological arousal when exposed to words and phrases in their first language. The same researchers also found that taboo words in both languages were more emotionally laden than those neutral or positive. Eilola et al (2007) used an emotional word Stroop task and found there was no significant difference in emotional response to first and second languages. However, emotional response was measured by time taken to respond and a potential confound could be not recognizing words of the second language. Research Design – Mixed, Native or non-native English speakers was between subjects and word type was within subjects. Method – 39 total participants, split between native and non-native English speakers, were recruited. A Stroop task using 60 coloured neutral, taboo and non-words was presented on a computer and participants had to identify the colour of the word as quickly as possible. Emotional response was measured by reaction time to the word colour. Results - There was no significant difference for word type in reaction time. However, participants took significantly longer to react to words not from their native language. No interaction was found between word type and native/non-native language. We found that the language used was more important than word type; reaction times were longer for all non-native words than native. Taboo words

were processed no faster than non-words, which support Eilola and Havelka’s (2010) assertion participants may take longer with taboo words because they are not known or less known than others. Limitations – Background noise could not be controlled because of a public area outside of the research cubicles, although this area was outside the building some participants were subject to much more background noise than others. On scrutinizing the word list, we may have used neutral words that were too complex causing longer reaction times and the non-significant result for word type. By Artur Rahunoks

Beautiful Derful Hapilled Harmful Contented Bondage Example of an emotional Stroop

Feb 2012 PsychSoc Newsletter  

Newsletter for Brunel PsychSoc student group