Foreign accent does not influence cognitive judgments

Abstract

A recent paper by Lev-Ari and Keysar (2010) reported that the processing fluency associated with non-native speech causes non-native speakers to sound less credible. The authors found that the same trivia statements were rated as less truthful when spoken by a non-native speaker of English. The present paper reports the results of three studies that attempted to replicate the findings of Lev-Ari and Keysar (2010) by focusing on processing fluency manipulations other than accent. Although we used virtually the same methodology as Lev-Ari and Keysar (2010), we failed to replicate the key finding that foreign-accented speech is less credible than native-accented speech. The implications of this finding is discussed.


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