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Pupil dilation is sensitive to the cognate status of words: further evidence for non-selectivity in bilingual lexical access*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 May 2016

MARC GUASCH*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology and Research Center for Behavior Assessment (CRAMC) Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Tarragona. Spain
PILAR FERRÉ
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology and Research Center for Behavior Assessment (CRAMC) Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Tarragona. Spain
JUAN HARO
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology and Research Center for Behavior Assessment (CRAMC) Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Tarragona. Spain
*
Address for correspondence: Marc Guasch, Departament de Psicologia and CRAMC, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Carretera de Valls s/n, 43007, Tarragona, (Spain) marc.guasch@urv.cat

Abstract

The cognate facilitation effect (i.e., a processing advantage for cognates compared to non-cognates) is an evidence of language non-selectivity in bilingual lexical access. Several studies using behavioral or electrophysiological measures have demonstrated that this effect is modulated by the degree of formal overlap between translations. However, it has never been tested with a psychophysiological measure such as pupillometry. In the present study we replicate the cognate facilitation effect by examining reaction times and pupil responses. Our results endorse pupillometry as a promising tool for bilingual research, and confirm the modulation of the cognate effect by the degree of formal similarity.

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This research was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (PSI2012-37623, PCIN-2015-165-C02-02) and by the Rovira i Virgili University (2014PFR-URV-B2-37).

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