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What do your eyes reveal about your foreign language? Reading emotional sentences in a native and foreign language

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dc.contributor.author Iacozza, Sara
dc.contributor.author Costa, Albert, 1970-
dc.contributor.author Duñabeitia, Jon Andoni
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-18T09:55:55Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-18T09:55:55Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Iacozza S, Costa A, Duñabeitia JA. What do your eyes reveal about your foreign language? Reading emotional sentences in a native and foreign language. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 3;12(10):e0186027. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186027
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/41823
dc.description.abstract Foreign languages are often learned in emotionally neutral academic environments which differ greatly from the familiar context where native languages are acquired. This difference in learning contexts has been argued to lead to reduced emotional resonance when confronted with a foreign language. In the current study, we investigated whether the reactivity of the sympathetic nervous system in response to emotionally-charged stimuli is reduced in a foreign language. To this end, pupil sizes were recorded while reading aloud emotional sentences in the native or foreign language. Additionally, subjective ratings of emotional impact were provided after reading each sentence, allowing us to further investigate foreign language effects on explicit emotional understanding. Pupillary responses showed a larger effect of emotion in the native than in the foreign language. However, such a difference was not present for explicit ratings of emotionality. These results reveal that the sympathetic nervous system reacts differently depending on the language context, which in turns suggests a deeper emotional processing when reading in a native compared to a foreign language.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was partially supported by grants from the Spanish Government (PSI2014-52181-P, PSI2015-65689-P, PSI2011-23033 and SEV-2015-0490) (http://www.mineco.gob.es/portal/site/mineco/), from the Catalan Government (SGR-2014SGR1210), from the 7th Framework Programme (AThEME 613465) (http://www.atheme.eu/), and a 2016 BBVA Foundation Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators (http://www.fbbva.es/) awarded to JAD. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS)
dc.relation.ispartof PLoS One. 2017 Oct 3;12(10):e0186027
dc.relation.isreferencedby https://github.com/sariac/Pupil-sizes_-Foreign-versus-Native.git
dc.rights © 2017 Iacozza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title What do your eyes reveal about your foreign language? Reading emotional sentences in a native and foreign language
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186027
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/613465
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/PSI2014-52181-P
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/PSI2015-65689-P
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/PSI2011-23033
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/SEV2015-0490
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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