Does our language affect our decision making?

Does the language we speak have an effect on the way we perceive receiving rewards?
23 February 2023
Presented by Will Tingle


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There are many factors that might affect the way we make decisions: our age, our past experiences, even our mood that day. But now, a new study has suggested that the language we speak also plays a part in our willingness to wait for a reward. Researchers gave the choice of having an amount of money now, or a slightly greater amount later. But they put this choice to bilingual speakers, once in each language. So did the language in which the decision was put to these people affect their decision? Speaking to Will Tingle from Tel-Aviv University was Tali Regev and, kicking us off, Tamar Kricheli-Katz.


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