Brian Bowdle

Brian Bowdle

Associate Professor - Cognitive Psychology

  • B.A., University of Michigan
  • M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

Office: 2311 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-2420

Email: [email protected]



Cognitive Psychology

Courses Taught

PSY 101 – Introductory Psychology
PSY 311 – Controversial Issues in Psychology
PSY 325 – Educational Psychology
PSY 357 – Psychology of Language
PSY 492 – Psychology Capstone (Advanced General)

Research Interests

My primary area of research is psycholinguistics, with particular attention paid to the comprehension and production of figurative language – especially metaphor – and the relationships between grammatical and conceptual structures.  Other areas of interest include moral psychology, political psychology, and the ways in which human behavior is driven by the interplay between evolutionary and cultural forces.

Selected Publications

(Some of these papers can be downloaded for personal use.  If you would like permission to use a reprint for a book or a course pack, please contact the publisher.)

Buss, D. M., Durkee, P. K., Shackelford, T. K., Bowdle, B. F., Schmitt, D. P., Brase, G. L., Choe, J. C., & Trofimova, I.  (2020).  Human status criteria: Sex differences and similarities across 14 nations.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  Advance online publication.

Bowdle, B. F. (2019).  Psychological perspectives on metaphor.  In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Krennmayr, T., Bowdle, B. F., Mulder, G., & Steen, G. J. (2014).  Economic competition is like auto racing:  Building metaphorical schemas when reading text.  Metaphor and the Social World, 4, 65-89.  pdf

Gentner, D., & Bowdle, B. F. (2008).  Metaphor as structure-mapping.  In R. Gibbs (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought (pp. 109-128).  Cambridge, MA:  Cambridge University Press.  pdf

Bowdle, B. F., & Gentner, D. (2005).  The career of metaphor.  Psychological Review, 112, 193-216.  pdf

Bowdle, B. F., & Medin, D. L. (2001).  Reference point reasoning and comparison asymmetries.  In Proceedings of the Twenty-third Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 116-121).  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  pdf

Bowdle, B. F., & Gentner, D. (1997).  Informativity and asymmetry in comparisons.  Cognitive Psychology, 34, 244-286.  pdf

Cohen, D., Nisbett, R. E., Bowdle, B. F., & Schwarz, N. E. (1996).  Insult, aggression, and the Southern culture of honor: An experimental ethnography.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 945-960.  pdf

Bowdle, B. F., & Ward, G. (1995).  Generic demonstratives.  In Proceedings of the Twenty-first Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (pp. 32-43).  Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society.  pdf

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