Publication details [#62167]

Bialystok, Ellen, Mythili Viswanathan and Melody Wiseheart. 2016. Flexibility in task switching by monolinguals and bilinguals. Bilingualism 19 (1) : 141–146.
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Cambridge University Press


Monolingual and bilingual young adults executed a nonverbal task-switching paradigm in which they looked at colored animal pictures and pointed out either the animal or its color in response to a cue. Monolinguals and bilinguals performed comparably when switching between tasks (local switch cost) in a mixed-task block, but bilinguals showed a slighter mixing effect (global switch cost) than monolinguals, denoting better capability to reconfigure stimulus–response connections. These findings designate that repeated multilingual practice grants a broader executive function prevalence shown as advanced flexibility in task switching.