Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 02 February 2023

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How to Understand Overtones: Mental Mechanisms and Influencing Factors of Irony Comprehension

Yingshan Chen 1
1 Hong Yi Honor College of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072, China

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Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 84-88
Published 02 February 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Yingshan Chen. How to Understand Overtones: Mental Mechanisms and Influencing Factors of Irony Comprehension. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 84-88.


Irony can be defined as words that express something other than, and usually intending the opposite of, the literal meaning. Irony is used in different kinds of conditions to criticize, tease or praise others. Irony comprehension is the process of identifying irony and detecting its implied meaning. This article discusses different predictive mental processing of irony comprehension and introduces the factors that affect irony comprehension in existing research. At the end, this article points out limitations of existing research and put forwards some possible improvements in future study.


Irony comprehension, Influencing factors, Irony, Predictive processing


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