Language of Stereotypes

Blue-Pink Porta-Potties

Hearing generic language to describe a category of people, such as “boys have short hair,” can lead children to endorse a range of other stereotypes about the category, a study by researchers at New York University and Princeton University has found. Their research, which appears in the Proceedings … [Read more...]

Thinking in a Second Language Improves Decisions

A recent study published in Psychological Science found that prompting people to think through some standard decision problems in their second language reduced common biases in their thought processes. Should you force yourself to think in Spanish when it's time to choose your next car? Read more … [Read more...]

Genius Language Learners

Erard finds that there's more than one way to learn foreign languages...Babel No More: The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners. By Michael Erard.  Science News book review. Related Articles: Thinking in a Second Language Improves Decisions Cultural Chameleons Blend … [Read more...]