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When your heart is in your mouth: the effect of second language use on negative emotions
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5545-1058
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0011-7770
2019 (English)In: Cognition & Emotion, ISSN 0269-9931, E-ISSN 1464-0600, Vol. 33, no 6, p. 1284-1290Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Research on bilingualism and emotions has shown stronger emotional responses in the native language (L1) compared to a foreign language. We investigated the potential of purposeful second language (L2) use as a means of decreasing the experience of psychological distress. Native Swedish speakers read and answered questions about negative and neutral texts in their L1 (Swedish) and their L2 (English) and were asked to rate their level of distress before or after the questions. The texts and associated questions were either written in the same (within-language), or different languages (cross-language). We found that within-language trials when the text was written in participants’ native language (Swedish–Swedish) resulted in an increase of distress, whilst cross-language trials (Swedish–English) resulted in a decrease of distress. This implies that purposeful second language use can diminish levels of distress experienced following a negative event encoded in one's first language.

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2019. Vol. 33, no 6, p. 1284-1290
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Second language processing, L2 use, negative emotions, bilingualism
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34955DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1540403Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056117790OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-34955DiVA, id: diva2:1266213
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved

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