Are there differences in selective attention and conflict resolution between monolingual and bilingual children?
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InProceedings of the 11th European Congress of Psychology, pp. 10
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Proceedings of the 11th European Congress of Psychology
SubjectBiological psychology; DI-BCB_DCC_Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory; Biologische psychologie
Objectives Possible differences in selective attention and conflict resolution between monolingual and bilingual children were tested in an fMRI study. Methods An adopted version of the Stroop task was conducted on 19 monolingual- and bilingual (French/Dutch) children with a mean age of 8.9 years in a 1.5 Tesla MRI-scanner. Results In bilingual children, less brain activation was found during the Stroop task compared to monolingual children, who showed additional activation in areas that are known to be active during executive and inhibitory control. In addition, other brain areas were found to be active in monolingual children. Conclusion In this fMRI study, an advantage in selective attention and conflict resolution for the bilingual children compared to the monolingual children was found, showing the more general cognitive importance of early second language acquisition.
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