Metaphor creates intimacy and temporarily enhances theory of mind.

@article{Bowes2015MetaphorCI,
  title={Metaphor creates intimacy and temporarily enhances theory of mind.},
  author={Andrea Bowes and Albert N Katz},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  year={2015},
  volume={43 6},
  pages={953-63}
}
In 3 experiments we show that, relative to reading literal sentences, reading metaphor enhances performance on the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RMET), an instrument meant to measure first-order theory of mind. In each experiment participants read metaphorical or literal sentences in different contexts and afterwards completed an ostensibly unrelated task, the RMET. In Experiment 1, participants were presented metaphorical or literal sentences in short discourse contexts and were asked… CONTINUE READING
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