Risk Analysis of Newspaper Articles Based on the First and Second Language of an Individual


Newspapers are a medium that spreads awareness about current day events, based on which individuals make decisions. In order to better understand decision making under conditions of risk, this study focused on decisions made by individuals – in regard to the Foreign Language Effect (FLE) - in their day-to-day life. Literature around FLE makes note of an emotional rational response among participants and we wanted to cross check those predictions in real life situations with the use of newspaper articles. Bilinguals were used to examine the participants' response to risk analysis in the event of motor vehicle accidents. This was done with the help of 3 articles in English on the aforementioned theme. The study also analysed if decisions made by an individual after reading the article in English differed based on their first language. The Independent Variable was the Language of the participant and the Dependent Variable was the Response Provided. We predicted that individuals whose foreign/second language was English would respond in a risk aversive manner. As there were comparatively fewer research papers on FLE and motor accidents, this paper aimed to add on to pre-existing research so as to be a base from which future researchers could build on.

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Liz George, FLAME University, India
Shruti Goyal, FLAME University, India
Abhishek Sahai, FLAME University, India

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Conference: ACP2023
Stream: Linguistics, Language & Psychology/Behavioral Science

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To cite this article:
George L., Goyal S., & Sahai A. (2023) Risk Analysis of Newspaper Articles Based on the First and Second Language of an Individual ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2023.4
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2023.4

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