The stroop color word task as a predictor of proficiency in English speakers learning German
J. R. Stroop' s landmark 1935 article about interference in color naming is often used to study bilingualism. Despite the vast amount of research regarding the Stroop effect and bilinguals, a number of issues are still under debate. This research attempts to further the investigation of the Stroop effect by looking at English speakers at various levels of learning German. Specifically, the pattern of interference for beginners, intermediates, and advanced German learners was examined. As expected, it was found that regardless of proficiency level, interference occurred in the monolingual English and German conditions, but interference was more robust in the English monolingual condition. Between languages interference was also observed. The results provide support for Magiste's ( 1984, 1985) language proficiency hypothesis.
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Johnson, Cheryl I., "The stroop color word task as a predictor of proficiency in English speakers learning German" (2003). HIM 1990-2015. 358.