Table 1

Examples of sentences as a function of associativeness and stimulus type.

SENTENCE

IDIOMATIC KEY

TARGET WORD


IDIOMATIC

ASSOCIATED

La morte di quel buon uomo mi

spezzò il cuore

tristezza

The death of that good man

broke my heart

dolefulness

NOT-ASSOCIATED

Si è svegliato col

piede sbagliato

indagine

He got up on the

wrong side of the bed

enquiry


LITERAL

ASSOCIATED

Per risolvere il problema mi rivolsi a degli

esperti

consulenza

To solve the problem I turned to some

experts

advice

NOT- ASSOCIATED

Non trovo più il mio

pennarello giallo

successo

I cannot find my

yellow felt-tip pen

success


The whole set of stimuli consisted of 360 sentences.

Proverbio et al. BMC Neuroscience 2009 10:116   doi:10.1186/1471-2202-10-116

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