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Confidence vs. accent. Who wins?

More than 1.5 billion people in the world speak English, but for the majority of them (including me) English is a second language, therefore we speak with accent.

In one of my previous posts in ‘Neuroscience to the rescue’ series I’ve mentioned, that “stranger – danger” reaction is embedded in our brains as a survival mechanism. We unconsciously biased against people who are not like us, including those who speak differently.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I would say, there is a light throughout the entire tunnel!😁

In latest research conducted in this area, MRI imaging showed how people react when they are spoken to with accent in a neutral/doubtful tone or with confident tone.

The result was: participants trusted much more the statements that were said with confidence, no matter the accent.


1. Be aware that bias towards the accent you have has nothing to do with you as a person.

It is just an ingrained instinct we all have.

2. Speak with confidence and your accent will have no impact.

3. Smile is the best friend of confidence.


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