2010 年 9 巻 2 号 p. 395-402
Semantic discordance refers to the situation where a single observer simultaneously has several discordant impressions for an external event. This study examined the relationship between the semantic discordance and a narrative creation for the external event. First, participants were asked to rate the impression for the evaluative aspect of computer graphics of a posed man or the sound effects separately. Second, they were asked to rate the impression for the evaluative and discordant aspects of the combination of computer graphics and sound effects. Third, they created a possible narrative on the basis of the posed man and sound effects. Forth, they rated the difficulty in creating the narrative. Interestingly, the participants reported high difficulties for creating the narrative when they reported the high discordance score for the combination of a posed man and sound effects, indicating that semantic discordance intimately relates with narrative creation. Surprisingly, the participants could create the narrative even when the discordance score was high. The results indicate the cognitive abilities for the human being to assign a meaning to the combination of visual and auditory information.