So I don't know if this is the best sub-forum or not but here goes...
So feel free to read the study as it is interesting, but you can get the main idea from the abstract. While reading about this study I couldn't help but think of all the non English people who take English only personality tests online. I know that some major typology tests can be taken in other languages but they tend to cost money and therefore most people who "discover their type" do so via the free online tests. Many of these tests are dubious to begin with, but if what this study says is true then second language testers may score differently then they would in their own language. You may think this is obvious but in this study they made sure that the participants showed a good proficiency in their second language before letting them participate. This is key, because to them they are bilingual enough that the language and meaning is not a barrier.Abstract
Would you make the same decisions in a foreign language as you would in your native tongue? It may be intuitive that people
would make the same choices regardless of the language they are using, or that the difficulty of using a foreign language
would make decisions less systematic. We discovered, however, that the opposite is true: Using a foreign language reduces
decision-making biases. Four experiments show that the framing effect disappears when choices are presented in a foreign
tongue. Whereas people were risk averse for gains and risk seeking for losses when choices were presented in their native
tongue, they were not influenced by this framing manipulation in a foreign language. Two additional experiments show that
using a foreign language reduces loss aversion, increasing the acceptance of both hypothetical and real bets with positive
expected value. We propose that these effects arise because a foreign language provides greater cognitive and emotional
distance than a native tongue does.
I don't know whether it is a good thing or a bad thing to do the test with "greater cognitive and emotional distance". One could say that because a native English speaker is doing the test in his own language that we have emotional bias and therefore we may score an incorrect type. I can flip that argument and say that a second language person lacking the emotional aspect may get an incorrect type because they lack any emotion. It's all beyond me really, but I find it interesting non the less.
What do you all think?