Publication details [#10168]

Soriano, Cristina and Javier Valenzuela. 2006. Looking at metaphors: A picture-word priming task as a test for the existence of conceptual metaphor. URL


The present experiment was designed to investigate the use of conceptual metaphors by speakers of peninsular Spanish in relation to the emotion concept ANGER. The study evaluates the claim that conceptual metaphors are stable and automatic cross-domain conceptual projections in the speaker's minds (Lakoff, 1993). In order to test such hypothesis, a priming experiment was conducted in which subjects had to perform a categorization task after being exposed to an image. When the image was related to the source domain of an anger-related conceptual metaphor, the emotion was more easily identified in the subsequent task than it was after an unrelated image. (Cristina Soriano and Javier Valenzuela)