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PS25P-13-319

The effects of listener topic involvement in interpretation of emotion-descriptive metaphors

[Speaker] Oka, Ryunosuke:1
[Co-author] Kojima, Takatsugu:2, Kusumi, Takashi:1
1:Kyoto University (Japan), 2:Shiga University of Medical Science (Japan)

The present study examined whether listeners' involvement in the topic of conversation affects their interpretation of emotion-descriptive metaphors like "I feel like ... a rolling thunder (angry)", "... a shining sun (happy)", and "... a wilted flower (sad)". Forty participants were assigned to one of two involvement conditions. In the self-involved condition, participants read metaphors while imagining that those metaphors were comments for what they (the participants) did. In the other-involved condition, participants read metaphors while imagining that those metaphors were comments for what someone else did. The participants' task was to judge whether they perceived the metaphors as negative or positive. The results showed that participants judged angry-metaphors more negatively in the self-involved condition than the other-involved condition. However, with the happy- and sad- metaphors, there were no differences. These results suggest that listeners' personal involvement in the topic of conversation affects their interpretation of emotion-descriptive metaphors.
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