Metaphors for the Mind, Thinking and Thought: A Literature Review

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Becky DeVito

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Date Written: November 15, 2006

Abstract

This paper constitutes a literature review that doubles as an original empirical study of published communication among cognitive scientists. In this study I identify and categorize a large sample of structural metaphors for the mind and for thinking that have been used by influential experts of cognitive science during the past 40 years. A taxonomy of twelve metaphors for the mind and their associated metaphors for thinking was created, noting interactions with metaphors that have been identified in the cognitive linguistics literature. The ways in which this study connects theory in cognitive linguistics to existing research and possible application in the field of education are also discussed.

Keywords: metaphor, cognition, literature review, empirical research

JEL Classification: I20, I29

Suggested Citation

DeVito, Becky, Metaphors for the Mind, Thinking and Thought: A Literature Review (November 15, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1541179 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1541179

Becky DeVito (Contact Author)

Harvard Graduate School of Education ( email )

United States

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