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Can faces prime a language?

(2015) PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 26(9). p.1343-1352
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Bilinguals have two languages that are activated in parallel. During speech production, one of these languages must be selected on the basis of some cue. The present study investigated whether the face of an interlocutor can serve as such a cue. Spanish-Catalan and Dutch-French bilinguals were first familiarized with certain faces, each of which was associated with only one language, during simulated Skype conversations. Afterward, these participants performed a language production task in which they generated words associated with the words produced by familiar and unfamiliar faces displayed on-screen. When responding to familiar faces, participants produced words faster if the faces were speaking the same language as in the previous Skype simulation than if the same faces were speaking a different language. Furthermore, this language priming effect disappeared when it became clear that the interlocutors were actually bilingual. These findings suggest that faces can prime a language, but their cuing effect disappears when it turns out that they are unreliable as language cues.
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BILINGUALS, LEXICAL ACCESS, SELECTION, RECOGNITION, ACTIVATION, SPEECH, FRENCH, WORDS, DUTCH, bilingualism, lexical access, language cues, face priming

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Woumans, Evy et al. “Can Faces Prime a Language?” PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 26.9 (2015): 1343–1352. Print.
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Woumans, E., Martin, C., Vanden Bulcke, C., Van Assche, E., Costa, A., Hartsuiker, R., & Duyck, W. (2015). Can faces prime a language? PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 26(9), 1343–1352.
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Woumans, Evy, Clara Martin, Charlotte Vanden Bulcke, Eva Van Assche, Albert Costa, Robert Hartsuiker, and Wouter Duyck. 2015. “Can Faces Prime a Language?” Psychological Science 26 (9): 1343–1352.
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Woumans, Evy, Clara Martin, Charlotte Vanden Bulcke, Eva Van Assche, Albert Costa, Robert Hartsuiker, and Wouter Duyck. 2015. “Can Faces Prime a Language?” Psychological Science 26 (9): 1343–1352.
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Woumans E, Martin C, Vanden Bulcke C, Van Assche E, Costa A, Hartsuiker R, et al. Can faces prime a language? PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 2015;26(9):1343–52.
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E. Woumans et al., “Can faces prime a language?,” PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, vol. 26, no. 9, pp. 1343–1352, 2015.
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  author       = {Woumans, Evy and Martin, Clara and Vanden Bulcke, Charlotte and Van Assche, Eva and Costa, Albert and Hartsuiker, Robert and Duyck, Wouter},
  issn         = {0956-7976},
  journal      = {PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE},
  keywords     = {BILINGUALS,LEXICAL ACCESS,SELECTION,RECOGNITION,ACTIVATION,SPEECH,FRENCH,WORDS,DUTCH,bilingualism,lexical access,language cues,face priming},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {1343--1352},
  title        = {Can faces prime a language?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797615589330},
  volume       = {26},
  year         = {2015},
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