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How the Context Matters. Literal and Figurative Meaning in the Embodied Language Paradigm

Cuccio, V and Ambrosecchia, M and Ferri, F and Carapezza, M and Lo Piparo, F and Fogassi, L and Gallese, V (2014) 'How the Context Matters. Literal and Figurative Meaning in the Embodied Language Paradigm.' PloS One, 9 (12). creators - Ferri=3AFrancesca=3A=3A. ISSN 1932-6203

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The involvement of the sensorimotor system in language understanding has been widely demonstrated. However, the role of context in these studies has only recently started to be addressed. Though words are bearers of a semantic potential, meaning is the product of a pragmatic process. It needs to be situated in a context to be disambiguated. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that embodied simulation occurring during linguistic processing is contextually modulated to the extent that the same sentence, depending on the context of utterance, leads to the activation of different effector-specific brain motor areas. In order to test this hypothesis, we asked subjects to give a motor response with the hand or the foot to the presentation of ambiguous idioms containing action-related words when these are preceded by context sentences. The results directly support our hypothesis only in relation to the comprehension of hand-related action sentences.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 11:38
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:23

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