Accent, processing fluency and credibility judgment

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(#1) By gkshenaut on Sun 05/06/2012 12:21 pm CDT (5 years ago)
Mild vs heavy accent?

I notice in the original study's Experiment 2, a difference was found between perceived mild vs heavy accents such that (when they had been made aware of the purpose of the study) subjects found no difference in credibility between native & mild foreign (as in this replication) but still found reduced credibility for heavy foreign accents. So, it is at least possible that the difference between the original study and the failed replication has to do with how strongly accented the speakers were (and possibly also with how likely it is that subjects could figure out the purpose of the study when not explicitly informed). In other words, perhaps only strongly accented speech reduces credibility.