Clinical and Experimental Psychology

Pei Su

Pei Su

IR Iran

  • Research Article
    An ERP Study on Metaphors in Chinese Two-character Expression
    Author(s): Pei Su, Minghu Jiang and Chen BaiPei Su, Minghu Jiang and Chen Bai

    In this paper, we aim to study the metaphorical comprehension in Chinese two-character lexicons using event related potentials (ERPs). Focusing on ERP components such as N400 and P600, we have proven that: (1) The metaphorical effect revealed by ERPs not only shows in the sentence level of “A is B” form, but also shows in lexical level. The metaphorical stimulus evoked a more negative N400 compared with the literal ones. (2) While both conventional metaphor and literal lexicon expressions were rated similarly in familiarity and accesibility, the ERP results showed that the conventional metaphors required a short burst of additional processing effort when compared with literal sentences. (3) A significant P600 effect appeared in metaphorical words comprehending. It indicates that the metaphor lexicon (like “云游”, yun2-you2, and wo.. View More»

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