How learning another language helps your decision-making
There are so many discussions out there about the benefits of learning another language. It supports logical reasoning, abstract thinking, and problem solving — among other modes of thinking.
A recent study from the University of Chicago reveals that it also influences our decision-making.
Psychology professor and communications expert Boaz Keysar recently published a paper called “The Foreign Language Effect: Thinking in a Foreign Tongue Reduces Decision Biases.”
Keysar and his research team found that because another language may trigger less "emotional resonance" that it may aid in rational decision-making.
Do you feel like this is true? Have you experienced this yourself?
Ursula Scanlon Doyle last edited by
Hi Jen. I do think that learning another language has many advantages including logical thinking. I also feel, as an older person, it keeps my brain active and could help with some of the dementia's that afflict the older generations.
Loving Lingvist !
Stefan last edited by
I feel like I'm more rational when I think about things in English (I'm native German). However, the reason for that may be that I study philosophy and English at university which are both taught in English :). Also I swear a lot more in English than in German.
I totally know what you mean about the swearing in your native language. I've got three mother tongues and I will very rarely swear in the two that my family speaks (Spanish and Italian) but will do so freely in my third (English). I guess it's got a lot to do with social pressure from the people around us to teach us not to swear that also has an effect too.
Although this might come off as surprising (due to my name), I'm not entirely a native speaker, but my father is. I wouldn't call myself one because there are little to no opportunities here in Central Europe to use the language.
So here's the thing: I won't dare to say a swear word in my mother tongue. I use the softer versions instead (eg, sugar instead of shit). In English, however, I've got no boundaries. I could scream the utmost vulgarities at the top off my lungs and I wouldn't care.
I don't feel that it's inappropriate. I only know it is. In my native language, I would be utterly disgusted by it, but in English? Nothing. They're like any other words - I might as well call you an apple and it would mean exactly the same to me.