Lateralized Processing of Novel Metaphors: Disentangling Figurativeness and Novelty.

Forgács, Bálint [Forgács, Bálint (Kognitív tudomány), szerző] Kognitív Tudományi Tanszék (BME / TTK); Lukács, Ágnes [Lukács, Ágnes (Kognitív fejlődés), szerző] Kognitív Tudományi Tanszék (BME / TTK); Pléh, Csaba [Pléh, Csaba (Pszichológiatörté...), szerző] Kognitív Tudományi Tanszék (BME / TTK)

Angol nyelvű Tudományos Szakcikk (Folyóiratcikk)
Megjelent: NEUROPSYCHOLOGIA 0028-3932 1873-3514 56 pp. 101-109 2014
  • SJR Scopus - Behavioral Neuroscience: D1
    One of the intriguing and sometimes controversial findings in figurative language research is a right-hemisphere processing advantage for novel metaphors. The current divided visual field study introduced novel literal expressions as a control condition to assess processing novelty independent of figurativeness. Participants evaluated word pairs belonging to one of five categories: (1) conventional metaphorical, (2) conventional literal, (3) novel metaphorical, (4) novel literal, and (5) unrelated expressions in a semantic decision task. We presented expressions without sentence context and controlled for additional factors including emotional valence, arousal, and imageability that could potentially influence hemispheric processing. We also utilized an eye-tracker to ensure lateralized presentation. We did not find the previously reported right-hemispherical processing advantage for novel metaphors. Processing was faster in the left hemisphere for all types of word pairs, and accuracy was also higher in the RVF-LH. Novel metaphors were processed just as fast as novel literal expressions, suggesting that the primary challenge during the comprehension of novel expressions is not a serial processing of salience, but perhaps a more left hemisphere weighted semantic integration. Our results cast doubt on the right-hemisphere theory of metaphors, and raise the possibility that other uncontrolled variables were responsible for previous results. The semantic analysis of two word expressions seems to be more contingent on the specific task at hand than their figurativeness.
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