Paper in Frontiers in Psychology

Authors: Joyse Medeiros and Jon Andoni Duñabeitia.

Title: Not Everybody Sees the Ness in the Darkness: Individual Differences in Masked Suffix Priming

Highlights: We explored the role of individual differences in polymorphemic word recognition. The data from a large-scale masked suffix priming experiment were analyzed taking into consideration participants’ reading speed as a proxy for their greater reliance on orthography or on semantics. Only slow participants showed significant priming effects, whereas faster participants showed negligible masked suffix priming effects. These results demonstrate that different reading profiles modulate the access to morphological information in a qualitatively different manner.

Paper in Journal of Neurolinguistics

Authors: Sara Ramos, Yuriem Fernández García, Eneko Antón, Aina Casaponsa and Jon Andoni Duñabeitia.

Title: Does learning a language in the elderly enhance switching ability?

Highlights: In the current study we aimed at exploring the relationship between language learning and switching ability in elderly monolingual participants who learned a second language during a whole academic year. A colour-shape switching task was used as a measure of switching ability in a pre-test/post-test design. Results showed that switching costs in the post-test were not significantly different from those in the pre-test in either the experimental or the control groups, demonstrating that the acquisition of a second language in the elderly does not necessarily lead to an enhancement of switching ability as measured by switching costs.

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Paper in Experimental Brain Research

Authors: Stéphanie Massol, Manuel Carreiras and Jon Andoni Duñabeitia.

Title: Consonantal overlap effects in a perceptual matching task

Highlights: This study investigates the processing of letter position coding by exploring whether or not two explicitly presented words that share the same consonants, but that differ in their vowels, exert mutual interference more than two words that do not share their consonants. Altogether, these data suggest that targets containing the same consonants included in the references in the same positions are processed as being highly similar to them, thus distorting target processing.

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Paper in Journal of Memory and Language

Authors: Eneko Antón, Yuriem Fernández García, Manuel Carreiras and Jon Andoni Duñabeitia.

Title: Does bilingualism shape inhibitory control in the elderly?

Highlights: In this study we test the effects of bilingualism on elderly lifelong bilinguals whose cognitive abilities are in decline, thus making any benefits more salient. Firstly we compare 24 bilinguals and 24 carefully matched monolinguals on verbal and the numerical Stroop tasks, obtaining no differences in monitoring or inhibitory measures. Secondly we explore the modulations that the proficiency in the L2 might cause to executive control functions, as measured by the same tasks, by testing 70 elderly bilinguals who vary in their L2 mastery from very low to perfectly fluent. Results show no modulation in any of the indices due to L2 proficiency.

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Paper in Language Learning

Authors: Eneko Antón, Guillaume Thierry, Alexander Goborov, Jon Anasagasti and Jon Andoni Duñabeitia.

Title: Testing bilingual educational methods: A plea to end the language-mixing taboo.

Highlights: Language mixing in a given class is often avoided in bilingual education because of the generally held belief that one subject should be taught in only one language and one person should stick to one language in order to minimize confusion. Here, we compared the effects of mixing two languages and monolingual functioning on memory performance in immediate recall as a proxy for comprehension and attention during learning. In two experiments we found no advantage for the single-language over the mixed-language context of exposure.

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