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ERIC Number: EJ799247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0364-0213
Congruity Effects in Time and Space: Behavioral and ERP Measures
Teuscher, Ursina; McQuire, Marguerite; Collins, Jennifer; Coulson, Seana
Cognitive Science, v32 n3 p563-578 Apr 2008
Two experiments investigated whether motion metaphors for time affected the perception of spatial motion. Participants read sentences either about literal motion through space or metaphorical motion through time written from either the ego-moving or object-moving perspective. Each sentence was followed by a cartoon clip. Smiley-moving clips showed an iconic happy face moving toward a polygon, and shape-moving clips showed a polygon moving toward a happy face. In Experiment 1, using an explicit judgment task, participants judged smiley-moving cartoons as related to ego-moving sentences about space and about time, and shape-moving cartoons as related to object-moving sentences. In Experiment 2, participants viewed the same stimuli, but the cartoons were task-irrelevant. Event-related brain potentials revealed an early attentional effect of congruity on cartoons following sentences about space, and a later semantic effect on cartoons following sentences about time. Results are most consistent with accounts that posit differences in the processing of novel and conventional metaphors. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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