Language works: This is your brain on metaphors
The Eloquent Woman
DECEMBER 1, 2010
Do you use metaphors when you speak or present? In "This is your brain on metaphors," Stanford University professor Robert Sapolsky describes the biology and neuroscience behind metaphors, how we (and those we're speaking to) understand them, and where our brains find it tough to discern between the literal and the metaphoric in our language. We understand that a captain wants more than just hands when he orders all of them on deck.