Stroop phenomenon as a measure of cognitive functioning of bilingual (Gaelic/English) subjects


Department of Psychology, King's College, Old Aberdeen AB9 2UB, Scotland


An object-word Stroop-based task was performed by 40 bilingual Gaelic/English subjects. Intra-lingual interference occurred with both languages, but inter-lingual interference occurred only with English labelling and Gaelic responses. This was interpreted as a result of the reading of English words being more automatic than the reading of Gaelic, despite Gaelic being the subjects' preferred spoken language.