Irony comprehension: social conceptual knowledge and emotional response.

  title={Irony comprehension: social conceptual knowledge and emotional response.},
  author={Yoritaka Akimoto and Motoaki Sugiura and Yukihito Yomogida and Carlos Makoto Miyauchi and Shiho Miyazawa and R. Kawashima},
  journal={Human brain mapping},
  volume={35 4},
Verbal irony conveys various emotional messages, from criticism to humor, that differ from the meaning of the actual words. To understand irony, we need conceptual knowledge of irony in addition to an understanding of context. We investigated the neural mechanism of irony comprehension, focusing on two overlooked issues: conceptual knowledge and emotional response. We studied 35 healthy subjects who underwent functional MRI. During the scan, the subject examined first-person-view stories… CONTINUE READING
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