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Article: Bilingual Experience Modulates Hemispheric Lateralization in Visual Word Processing

TitleBilingual Experience Modulates Hemispheric Lateralization in Visual Word Processing
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Issue Date2014
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Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2014, v. 17 n. 3, p. 589-609 How to Cite?
AbstractPrevious studies showed reduced hemispheric asymmetry in face perception in bilinguals compared with monolinguals, suggesting that hemispheric asymmetry in visual stimulus processing may be modulated by language reading experience. Here we examined whether this phenomenon can also be observed in bilinguals with different language backgrounds. We compared English monolinguals, European–English bilinguals (who know two alphabetic languages), and Chinese–English bilinguals (who have mastered a logographic and an alphabetic language) in an English word sequential matching task. We showed that European–English bilinguals had a stronger right visual field/left hemispheric advantage than the other two groups, suggesting that different language experiences can influence how visual words are processed in the brain. In addition, by using a computational model that implements a theory of hemispheric asymmetry in perception, we showed that this lateralization difference could be accounted for by the difference in participants’ vocabulary size and the difference in word-to-sound mapping between alphabetic and logographic languages.
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dc.contributor.authorLAM, SMen_US
dc.contributor.authorHsiao, JHWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-22T01:23:55Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-22T01:23:55Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationBilingualism: Language and Cognition, 2014, v. 17 n. 3, p. 589-609en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/199577-
dc.description.abstractPrevious studies showed reduced hemispheric asymmetry in face perception in bilinguals compared with monolinguals, suggesting that hemispheric asymmetry in visual stimulus processing may be modulated by language reading experience. Here we examined whether this phenomenon can also be observed in bilinguals with different language backgrounds. We compared English monolinguals, European–English bilinguals (who know two alphabetic languages), and Chinese–English bilinguals (who have mastered a logographic and an alphabetic language) in an English word sequential matching task. We showed that European–English bilinguals had a stronger right visual field/left hemispheric advantage than the other two groups, suggesting that different language experiences can influence how visual words are processed in the brain. In addition, by using a computational model that implements a theory of hemispheric asymmetry in perception, we showed that this lateralization difference could be accounted for by the difference in participants’ vocabulary size and the difference in word-to-sound mapping between alphabetic and logographic languages.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofBilingualism: Language and Cognitionen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleBilingual Experience Modulates Hemispheric Lateralization in Visual Word Processingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailHsiao, JHW: jhsiao@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityHsiao, JHW=rp00632en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S1366728913000734-
dc.identifier.hkuros230896en_US
dc.identifier.volume17en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.spage589en_US
dc.identifier.epage609en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000337730600010-

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