More skepticism about the bilingual advantage

22 Feb

From The Atlantic:

‘a growing number of psychologists say that this mountain of evidence is actually a house of cards, built upon flimsy foundations. According to Kenneth Paap, a psychologist at San Francisco State University and the most prominent of the critics, bilingual advantages in executive function “either do not exist or are restricted to very specific and undetermined circumstances.”’

 

 

3 Responses to “More skepticism about the bilingual advantage”

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol February 22, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    This kerfuffle reminds me of John Ioannadis’s influential meta-paper “why most published research findings are false” [http://robotics.cs.tamu.edu/RSS2015NegativeResults/pmed.0020124.pdf]

  2. Cordell Kudley March 12, 2016 at 5:37 am #

    It s certainly not a very plausible proposition. Why should the fact of something not happening demonstrate the existence of some other things stopping it from happening?

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