Related Areas
Home Up DBM Models       


Links to Related Areas

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field now represented in large universities through departments and institutes devoted to its study.  The disciplines collaborating include psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, and biology.  As a start, see the MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science.  Since brain science and also studies in literature are very relevant in cognitive science, here is an interesting site on cognition, literature and the brain maintained by Alan Richardson.

Dynamics of Conflict, an initiative of ICCCR at Columbia University, OBUZ at University of Warsaw, and the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University, studies intractable conflict in terms of dynamical systems.

Developmental Behavioral Modeling (DBM) is the body of technique developed by John McWhirter of Sensory Systems Training, Glasgow, Scotland.  DBM offers many useful tools in the consideration of metaphor and the practice of teaching, therapy, counseling, and conflict resolution.  I have been authorized to list these on this site and have prepared my own representation of this work, making it available here.

Short-Term, Focused Psychotherapy.  There is enormous interest in this area and I am not recommending all of it by any means.  A start could be made at Bill Hanlon's site.

Narrative Psychotherapy is an area where diverse topics are brought together, such as cognitive psychology, linguistics, storytelling, the construction of meaning, semiotic analysis, narrative approaches to thinking, and cross-cultural psychology.  For a survey go to the website created by Vincent W. Hevern  (LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY).

Natural Theories of Mind, Evolution, Development and Simulation of Everyday Mindreading is the title of a book edited by Andrew Whiten.  It contains a variety of psychological perspectives and research results pertaining to metaphor and related conceptual phenomena.  This can be seen to complement the largely linguistic evidence brought to bear by conceptual metaphor theorists.  Researchers on "theories of mind" explore how people create models or theories of how other people think so as to better understand them and predict what they might do.  This is certainly related to to the goal of becoming "metaphor-aware" so as to detect a person's operating metaphors and thereby better understand that person's subjective experience.   See abstracts of the chapters of this book.  Also of interest is Francis Steen's review and discussion of Lakoff and Johnson (1999) wherein natural theories of mind are mentioned and related to conceptual metaphor theory.

Other:  See an innovative key word linking site that allows you to browse ideas in various configurations.