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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2020, 2(10); doi: 10.25236/FSST.2020.021012.

Peak Experience and High Altitude--Evidence for the Embodiment of Metaphor Theory


Ye Hongyuan1, Liu Xinyu2*, Liu Yien3, Guan Yuetong4

Corresponding Author:
Liu Xinyu

1 Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang 325000, China

2 Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, Guangxi 541000, China

3 800 chatham hall circle, chatham, VA

4 Chengdu Shishi High School Beihu Campus, Chengdu, Sichuan 610000, China

*Corresponding Author


There has been enormous amount of evidence supporting that human not only use metaphorical languages but also think metaphorically. However, there is limited amount of evidence indicating that metaphors are embodied in human brains, which poses a serious challenge to the Embodied Theory. This proposal assumes that when stimuli of source domains and target domains are strongly elicited, the metaphors connecting these two domains will be embodied in the modality-specific areas of human brains. This proposal thereby presents two fMRI experiments studying the overlap in human brains while perceiving peak experience and the information of altitude. If the overlap mainly lies in the modality-specific areas, then the experimental hypothesis is supported which could serve as strong evidence explaining how Embodied Theory operates in terms of ABSTRACT. concepts. If the overlap only exists in amodal areas and therefore the alternative hypothesis is supported, then further research should be carried out to examine the stimuli of these experiments or propose better experimental plans seeking for other evidence.


Embodied cognition, Metaphor theory, Peak experience, Functional magnetic resonance imaging

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Ye Hongyuan, Liu Xinyu, Liu Yien, Guan Yuetong. Peak Experience and High Altitude--Evidence for the Embodiment of Metaphor Theory. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 10: 49-53. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.2020.021012.


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