Figuring out figures of speech
Metaphors use non-literal meanings of words to convey a figurative meaning, but what are the cognitive processes involved? Neurologically, metaphors trigger a different response of the brain than literal meanings do. Metaphor comprehension is only realised at late developmental stages. Moreover, metaphor comprehension is often impaired in those with psychiatric disorders or neurological conditions. Using behavioural and electrophysiological methods, the EU-funded PROMENADE project will develop a comprehensive model which encompasses and explains these observations. It expects to find that literal meanings are accessed before figurative meanings are attained, and that different metaphor types may activate visual and sensory-motor processes. Overall, PROMENADE will lead to a better understanding of how metaphor skills develop, mature and deteriorate.
- HORIZON.1.1 - European Research Council (ERC) Main Programme