In this study, we conducted a behavioural experiment using literal, idiomatic, conventional and novel metaphorical action sentences. Participants viewed an action video, immediately after a sentence containing a verb that did (matching modality) or did not (mismatching modality) match the observed action. All the sentences were presented both in the matching modality and the mismatching modality. Participants had to indicate whether the sentence made sense or not by pressing a designated response key. We recorded participants’ reaction times and accuracy. We found no significant differences between the matching and mismatching modality in the idiomatic condition. Instead, we found a facilitation effect for the literal and the metaphorical conventional condition in the matching modality compared to the mismatching modality and an interference effect for the metaphorical novel condition in the matching modality compared to the mismatching modality. We interpret these findings in light of the Embodied Cognition approach to language.

stefana garello, francesca ferroni, vittorio gallese, valentina cuccio, martina ardizzi (2024). From breaking bread to breaking hearts: embodied simulation and action language comprehension. LANGUAGE, COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE, 39(1), 1-13 [10.1080/23273798.2024.2328596].

From breaking bread to breaking hearts: embodied simulation and action language comprehension

stefana garello
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vittorio gallese;valentina cuccio;
2024-03-24

Abstract

In this study, we conducted a behavioural experiment using literal, idiomatic, conventional and novel metaphorical action sentences. Participants viewed an action video, immediately after a sentence containing a verb that did (matching modality) or did not (mismatching modality) match the observed action. All the sentences were presented both in the matching modality and the mismatching modality. Participants had to indicate whether the sentence made sense or not by pressing a designated response key. We recorded participants’ reaction times and accuracy. We found no significant differences between the matching and mismatching modality in the idiomatic condition. Instead, we found a facilitation effect for the literal and the metaphorical conventional condition in the matching modality compared to the mismatching modality and an interference effect for the metaphorical novel condition in the matching modality compared to the mismatching modality. We interpret these findings in light of the Embodied Cognition approach to language.
24-mar-2024
Settore M-FIL/05 - Filosofia E Teoria Dei Linguaggi
stefana garello, francesca ferroni, vittorio gallese, valentina cuccio, martina ardizzi (2024). From breaking bread to breaking hearts: embodied simulation and action language comprehension. LANGUAGE, COGNITION AND NEUROSCIENCE, 39(1), 1-13 [10.1080/23273798.2024.2328596].
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