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Emotion words modulate early conflict processing in a flanker task: Differentiating emotion-label words and emotion-laden words in second language

Zhang, J., Teo, T.ORCID: 0000-0002-7552-8497 and Wu, C. (2018) Emotion words modulate early conflict processing in a flanker task: Differentiating emotion-label words and emotion-laden words in second language. Language and Speech, 62 (4). pp. 641-651.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830918807509
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Abstract

Emotion words modulate conflict processing, even at an early stage (i.e., N200). However, the previous studies implicitly mixed emotion-label words and emotion-laden words together and mostly concentrated on first language (L1) rather than on second language (L2). The current study aimed to investigate whether L2 negative emotion-label words, negative emotion-laden words, and neutral words would affect conflict processing in a flanker task by using event-related potential (ERP) measurements. Twenty Chinese-English bilinguals completed a modified flanker task to decide the color of the target words. The results revealed that only L2 negative emotion-label words elicited larger left frontal N200 in the incongruent condition than in the congruent condition. No significant difference between the two conditions was observed for L2 negative emotion-laden words or neutral words. This research demonstrated that L2 emotion words could also modulate early conflict processing, at least for L2 negative emotion-label words.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE
Copyright: © The Author(s) 2018
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/48311
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