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    Understanding more fully: a multimodal hermeneutic-phenomenological approach

    Boden, Z. and Eatough, Virginia (2014) Understanding more fully: a multimodal hermeneutic-phenomenological approach. Qualitative Research in Psychology 11 (2), pp. 160-177. ISSN 1478-0887.

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    This article shares a research methodology that we argue supports human science researchers in their aim to understand lived experiences more fully. Drawing on Merleau-Pontian thinking, the article outlines three dimensions of sense experience that underpin our approach: the felt-sense, aesthetic aspects of language, and visual imagery. We then detail this approach: the data-collection phase is a creative interviewing method, adapted from Imagery in Movement Method (Schneier 1989) and focusing technique (Gendlin 1997). This results in multimodal data: drawings, and bodily and verbal accounts, rich in imagery. The analysis is an expanded hermeneutic-phenomenology, and in this article we focus in particular on our method for interpreting visual data. Three examples taken from a case-study about feeling guilty are provided to illustrate the potential of the approach. The article concludes with some reflections on the impact of using a multimodal approach in human science research.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 6th March 2014, available online:
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): focusing, guilt, metaphor, multimodal, phenomenology
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Virginia Eatough
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2014 09:13
    Last Modified: 11 Jun 2021 04:44


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