The Neural Career of Sensory-motor Metaphors

  title={The Neural Career of Sensory-motor Metaphors},
  author={Rutvik H. Desai and Jeffrey R. Binder and Lisa L. Conant and Quintino R. Mano and Mark S. Seidenberg},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
The role of sensory-motor systems in conceptual understanding has been controversial. It has been proposed that many abstract concepts are understood metaphorically through concrete sensory-motor domains such as actions. Using fMRI, we compared neural responses with literal action (Lit; The daughter grasped the flowers), metaphoric action (Met; The public grasped the idea), and abstract (Abs; The public understood the idea) sentences of varying familiarity. Both Lit and Met sentences activated… CONTINUE READING
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