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Shibata Midori, Toyomura Akira, Itoh Hiroaki Motoyama Hiroki and Abe Jun-ichi Kawabata Yasuhiro. 2012. Does simile comprehension differ from metaphor comprehension? A functional MRI study. Brain & Language 121 (3) : 254–260. 7 pp.
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Amsterdam: Elsevier


The aim of this study was to examine if there is difference between metaphor and simile comprehension by investigating cortical activation patterns. The results of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) showed that more neural processing is required when comprehending metaphors rather than similes or literal sentences. In addition, metaphors result in higher activation of right-sided prefrontal regions, while similes result in higher activation of fronto-medial regions.