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Karaferye et al. (2019). Examining Secondary School Students’ Absenteeism and Beyond in Europe

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This article attends to metaphorical expressions and their brain processing from the psycholinguistic perspective. The article explores an analytical tool to uncover the unaware (unconscious) lexical items connections, possible primed words, neural mappings, and short-term memory involvement in the perception of the so-called conceptual metaphor theory (CMT). The results of the analysis are in opposition to the traditional western metaphor theory (WMT). Psycholinguistic approach seems therefore to be an appropriate tool for analysis because it reaches out to real people, their perception, cognitive skills, and language intelligence which should be the core aspects of a data-based research. The research started in 2014 as an independent project and has gradually increased its data sample which can be interpreted by a quantitative statistical analysis. The data are collected by the psycholinguistic cognitive test; the statistical analysis supports the validity and reliability of the research. Totally, 500 memory tests were then statistically analysed for finding any correlations between the lexical items pro- jected during the psycholinguistic test. The psycholinguistic test results proved the normal distribution; the statistical analysis shows direct correlation in both aft er-experience (WMT) and unconscious decision making (CMT). in terms of lexical item binding and priming. Keywords: cognitive psychology, perception, metaphor, conceptual metaphor theory, analytical methods of psycholinguistics, speech perception, cognitive science, literacy.
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