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Acta Psychologica 156 (2015) 114–125 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Acta Psychologica journal homepage: locate/actpsy When language gets emotional: Irony and the embodiment of affect in discourse Ruth Filik a,⁎, Christian Mark Hunter b, Hartmut Leuthold c a b c School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK School of Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK Department of Psychology, University of Tübingen, Germany a r t i c l e i n f o Available online 9 September 2014 PsycINFO classification: 2340 Cognitive processes 2360 Motivation & Emotion 2720 Linguistics & Language & Speech Keywords: Emotion Language comprehension Grounded cognition Irony a b s t r a c t Although there is increasing evidence to suggest that language is grounded in perception and action, the relationship between language and emotion is less well understood. We investigate the grounding of language in emotion using a novel approach that examines the relationship between the comprehension of a written discourse and the performance of affect-related motor actions (hand movements towards and away from the body). Results indicate that positively and negatively valenced words presented in context influence motor responses (Experiment 1), whilst valenced words presented in isolation do not (Experiment 3). Furthermore, whether discourse context indicates that an utterance should be interpreted literally or ironically can influence motor responding, suggesting that th ...
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