Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Using a Foreign Language Could Affect Moral Judgement

Using a Foreign Language Could Affect Moral Judgement

“Psychologists from the University of Chicago and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona found that people who speak multiple languages tended to take a more utilitarian approach to this moral dilemma when it was presented in their non-native tongue. Researchers say their results indicate that the use of foreign languages reduces our emotional response and provides psychological distance when making moral decisions.”

Languages do matter!

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