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PROcessing MEtaphors: Neurochronometry, Acquisition and DEcay

Project description

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.

Coordinator

ISTITUTO UNIVERSITARIO DI STUDI SUPERIORI ( I.U.S.S.) DI PAVIA
Net EU contribution
€ 1 854 188,00
Address
Piazza Della Vittoria 15 Palazzo Del Broletto
27100 Pavia
Italy

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Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00