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Multilingual Multitaskers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Recent studies have shown that managing two languages enhances creativity, cognitive flexibility, and divergent thinking. As demands on these and related higher cognitive functions are accentuated in multiple task performance, this study tested the hypothesis that bilinguals are better mulitaskers than monolinguals. Bilinguals were expected to show more efficient executive functioning and spatial ability than monolinguals, which in turn were expected to mediate individual differences in multitasking. A total of 19 bilingual and 18 monolingual undergraduates completed computerized tests of multitasking, executive functioning and spatial ability. Supporting the main hypotheses, bilinguals were better multitaskers than monolinguals (p < .01) and these effects were in part mediated by their superior spatial ability (p < .05).

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2013. , 14 p.
Keyword [en]
bilingualism, multilingualism, multitasking, spatial ability, executive functions, multiple task performance
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90984OAI: diva2:629383
2013-05-31, 10:30
Available from: 2013-06-17 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2013-06-17Bibliographically approved

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