Publication Date

Summer 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Megumi Hosoda


Education, Foreign-Accents, Industrial Psychology, Mere Exposure Effect, Organizational Psychology, Psychology in Education

Subject Areas

Psychology; Organizational behavior


The present study examined the effects of repeated exposure to the accent (standard American English vs. Asian Indian) of a prospective college professor on participants' cognitive reactions, affective reactions, and passage comprehension. Based on data collected from 115 undergraduate students, results showed that an Asian Indian-accented professor was perceived as being less competent, less likable, but more motivated than a standard American English speaking professor. In addition, the trustworthiness of the Asian Indian-accented professor decreased over time as well as participants' negative opinions of the professor. Finally, the results of the study indicate that when listening to the professor's foreign accent, participants' passage comprehension declined over time. The implications of these findings are discussed.