Motor Simulation and Verbal Association in Idiom-Idiom Verification: Effects of Imageability

Abstract

Two experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that motor simulation contributes to the processing of idioms. A semantic interference paradigm was applied. Critically, imageability of idioms was manipulated. Results of the experiments suggested that processing of highly imageable idioms involved motor simulation in both meaning and familiarity verification tasks. However, low-imageable idioms showed indifference in semantic verification task and a verbal associative facilitation in a familiarity verification task.


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