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  Affect as anaesthetic: How emotional contexts modulate the processing of counterintuitive concepts

Aristei, S., Knoop, C. A., Lubrich, O., Nehrlich, T., Enge, A., Stark, K., et al. (2022). Affect as anaesthetic: How emotional contexts modulate the processing of counterintuitive concepts. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. doi:10.1080/23273798.2022.2085312.

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Aristei, Sabrina1, Author
Knoop, Christine A.2, Author
Lubrich, Oliver3, Author
Nehrlich, Thomas3, Author
Enge, Alexander4, 5, Author           
Stark, Kirsten4, Author
Sommer, Werner4, Author
Abdel Rahman, Rasha4, Author
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1University of Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, ou_persistent22              
2Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany, ou_persistent22              
3University of Bern, Switzerland, ou_persistent22              
4Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              
5Max Planck Research Group Learning in Early Childhood, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_3340643              

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Free keywords: Counterfactual information; Emotional story-context; Event-related potentials; Critical semantic analysis
 Abstract: In popular narratives, minimally counterintuitive concepts (MCIs), which violate one category of our real-world knowledge (e.g. talking trees), are frequently embedded in emotional contexts. To assess the impact of emotion on MCI processing, we presented micro-narratives with negative or neutral contents before target sentences. We compared electrophysiological correlates of semantic processing elicited by MCIs, common semantic expectancy violations, and intuitive concepts, presented as critical within-sentence words and as images after the sentences. Results show that emotional contexts play a critical role for MCI processing. N400 effects in neural responses to MCIs that we observed after neutral contexts were not found after negative contexts, suggesting that the synergy between emotional context and MCI saliency enhances the processing of narratives at the cost of critical semantic processing. This finding is relevant for neurocognitive models of language comprehension in high-level contexts, for our understanding of the attraction of counterintuitive concepts and rhetorical strategies.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-08-202022-04-172022-06-22
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1080/23273798.2022.2085312
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Title: Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
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Publ. Info: London : Routledge
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CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2327-3798