ERIC Number: EJ1055805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Attentional Processes in Low-Socioeconomic Status Bilingual Children: Are They Modulated by the Amount of Bilingual Experience?
Ladas, Aristea I.; Carroll, Daniel J.; Vivas, Ana B.
Child Development, v86 n2 p557-578 Mar-Apr 2015
Recent research indicates that bilingual children are more proficient in resolving cognitive conflict than monolinguals. However, the replicability of such findings has been questioned, with poor control of participants' socioeconomic status (SES) as a possible confounding factor. Two experiments are reported here, in which the main attentional functions and pragmatic ability of 54 bilingual and 56 monolingual low-SES children were assessed (Experiment 1: 6- to 12-year-olds; Experiment 2: 6- to 8-year-olds). A language-switching task was also employed, to measure bilingual proficiency. Overall, the monolingual and bilingual groups did not differ significantly in any of the tasks employed, although the ability to resolve conflict was related to children's level of bilingual experience.
Descriptors: Attention, Bilingualism, Children, Socioeconomic Status, Psychological Patterns, Monolingualism, Language Proficiency
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