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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (7): 1224-1231.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01224

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The effect of moral emotions on the metaphorical mapping of morality and its neural mechanism

LI Ying1, ZHANG Can2,1, WANG Yue1()   

  1. 1 School of Education, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450001, China
    2 Laboratory of Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai 201620, China
  • Received:2018-11-09 Online:2019-07-15 Published:2019-05-22
  • Contact: Yue WANG


The processing of moral metaphors is essentially a dynamic process of mapping a concrete source domain with sensorimotor experience to an abstract target domain and representing abstract moral concepts. And it should also be regarded as a result of interactive activity amid physical experience and moral emotions. Researches on the neural mechanism of moral metaphors showed that physical and emotional experience influence the processing of moral metaphors, and discussed the effects of moral emotions on the metaphorical mapping of morality. Future researches should enrich the range of subject and directions of mapping, and improve the ecological validity and cross-cultural validity by modifying the experimental paradigms in social interactions.

Key words: moral metaphor, moral emotion, embodied cognition, neural mechanism

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