Publications by authors named "Manasa Padmanabhuni"

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Language proficiency does not modulate executive control in older bilinguals.

Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn 2019 11 30;26(6):920-951. Epub 2018 Dec 30.

Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad , Hyderabad , India.

We examined if language proficiency modulates performance in tasks that measure executive control in older Telugu-English bilinguals ( = 50, mean age = 57.15 years). We administered numerical Stroop task, Attention Network Task, Dimensional Change Card Sorting task, and stop-signal task that are known to tap into different aspects of executive functioning on healthy aging Telugu-English bilinguals. Second language (English) proficiency was calculated as a cumulative score that considered both subjective and objective measures of L2 fluency and use. Bilinguals were divided into two groups based on the cumulative score and compared on each task. We did not find any effect of language proficiency on any of the executive control measures. The additional Bayesian analysis also supported these findings. Therefore, the results do not support the claim that bilingual language proficiency modulates executive control, at least in the elderly population. We discuss the results with regard to the issue of bilingual advantage in executive control and the role of age and language use.
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