Midori Shibata, Ph.D


Postdoctoral Researcher

Global Centre for Adovanced Research on Logic and Sensibility, Keio University

■Research Interests

<Non-literal language comprehension>
My research interest is the neural mechanisms of language comprehension, especially non-literal language comprehension (metaphor, irony and indirect speech acts). In my recent study, I focus on the neural mechanisms to infer the mental states of others such as intentions, beliefs, and emotions using fMRI and behavioral experiments.

<Language comprehension and emotion>
I am interested in how the brain processes humor. What are the mental processes involved in "getting a joke", or perceiving somthing to be funny? To understand these questions, I examine the neural mechanisms of humor comprehension using fMRI and behavioral experiments.