Edward De Vooght won best conference paper at the Metaphor Festival

(05-09-2019) CEPEC researcher Edward De Vooght won the Christina Alm-Arvius Award for best conference paper at the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam 2019

Last week from August 28 until August 31, the Metaphor Lab of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) hosted the 10th edition of the Metaphor Festival. This conference brings together scholars all over the world to share research ideas and findings on metaphors and figurative language in general. CEPEC researcher Edward De Vooght was granted the Christina Alm-Arvius award (PhD prize) for his research with Liselot Hudders on the effect of metaphor conventionality on empathy and embodied simulation. The study examined the effect of novel and conventional metaphors in pain descriptions used by patients suffering from metal depression. Novel metaphors were found to elicit more state empathy through a richer embodied simulation than conventional metaphors. This effect, however, was only found in participants having little experience with mental depression.