A Gadamerian approach to interpreting pain: model-making metaphors through embodied cognitive theory

Marsh, Peter, Chubb, Shirley, Hooker, Charlie, Moore, Ann and Saber-Sheikh, Kambiz (2016) A Gadamerian approach to interpreting pain: model-making metaphors through embodied cognitive theory. Digital Creativity, 27 (4). pp. 347-357. ISSN 1462-6268

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Abstract

This paper will discuss how the conceptualization of embodied, abstract notions such as pain, which is multi-modal, non-visual and subjective, has the potential to be communicated visually using model making, as it is traditionally understood in the fields of architecture and design. We propose a new methodological approach to research where Gadamer’s understanding of intersubjective interpretation (2004) used in conjunction with Simulation theory (Gallese and Goldman 1998) in embodied cognitive science, provides a strong framework in which to formulate a palette of materials and forms to visualize subjective experience. This novel approach to design research is currently being undertaken within the field of Health Sciences to produce metaphorically provocative, descriptive models of the lived experience of people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) to help bridge the gap in understanding between the sufferer and the public.
This paper seeks to engage briefly with two questions integral to the research being undertaken; how does one understand another’s pain, and how can one conceptualize and communicate abstract notions such as pain visually using material and form as language?

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N61 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the arts
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX165 Psychological aspects
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Departments > Fine Art
Depositing User: Shirley Chubb
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 00:10
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2670

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