Xi Yu Li Jie De Dai Nao Ban Qiu Ji Zhi

Translated title of the contribution: The Cerebral hemisphere mechanism of idiom comprehension

Jie Yang, Hua Shu

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Studies of idiom comprehension are important to revealing the language functions of the right hemisphere(RH).Early studies found RH played a major role in idiom comprehension.However,recent studies showed the left hemisphere(LH) played a major role,while RH involved meaning selection.The hypotheses of brain mechanism of idiom processing include RH theory,Graded Salience Hypothesis(GSH) and meaning selection view.The features of western idioms and the paradigms use in the research contributed to the mechanism of meaning selection more than the meaning access.Further studies should pay attention to the special features of idioms and revealing the RH role in the figurative meaning access.
Translated title of the contributionThe Cerebral hemisphere mechanism of idiom comprehension
Original languageChinese
Pages (from-to)1171-1173
Number of pages3
JournalPsychological science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • idiom
  • RH theory
  • GSH
  • meaning selection view
  • brain mechanism


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