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Thinking In A Second Language Makes You A Better Decision-Maker

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Recent research has found that thinking in a second language makes you a better decision-maker:

A research team led by psychologist Boaz Keysar reports using one’s second language reduces or eliminates certain biases that otherwise infiltrate our decision-making. Specifically, our aversion to potential loss — a bias that can lead us to pass up promising opportunities for potential gains — diminishes as we ponder options in a language learned later in life.

Here are some recent articles about the research:

Second Language Translates Into Clearer Thinking is from The Pacific Standard.

Thinking in a Foreign Language Makes Decisions More Rational is from Wired.

The Foreign-Language Effect: Thinking in a Foreign Tongue Reduces Decision Biases is the actual study.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

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