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AIC Seminar Series

Measuring Mind: Event-Specific Knowledge, Narration, Metaphor and Referential Activity

Hans SteinerStanford University School of Medicine

Notice:  hosted by Richard Waldinger

Date:  2008-07-10 at 16:00

Location:  EJ228 (SRI E building)  (Directions)

   Abstract

Much of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment depends on the hermeneutic approach to behavior patterns and narrated events. The content of mental activity is challenging to measure reliably and validly. Surveys, questionnaires and projective tests all have major limitations; imaging methods at the present time cannot capture complex, layered mental states. New approaches have to be found.

Examining narratives offers an opportunity, especially if hermeneutic analyses can be computerized to remove observer bias.

We will present data on the DAAP Referentail Activity Measure by Bucci and Maskit; the Temporal Juncture Method by Nelson; and the Metaphor Approach described by Lakoff.

   Bio for Hans Steiner

Hans Steiner was born in Vienna, Austria and received his Doctor medicinae universalis (Dr. med. univ. = M.D.) from the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1972. He completed his residency in adult Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, his child and adolescent psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Currently, Dr. Steiner is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child Psychiatry and Human Development at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM). He is an invited member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP).

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