Searching for the Big Pictures

Perspect Psychol Sci. 2020 May;15(3):817-830. doi: 10.1177/1745691619896255. Epub 2020 Feb 3.


My goal in searching for the big pictures is to discover novel ways of organizing information in psychology that will have both theoretical and practical significance. The first section lists my reasons for writing each of five articles. The second section discusses an additional five articles that integrate advancements in artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology. The following two sections elaborate on my collaboration with ontologists to use formal ontologies to organize psychological knowledge, including the National Institute of Mental Health Research Domain Criteria, for formulating a biological basis for mental illness. I next discuss strategies for writing integrative articles. The following section describes the helpfulness of the integrations for making psychology relevant to a general audience. I conclude with recommendations for creating breadth in doctoral training.

Keywords: AI; cognition; ontologies; taxonomies.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence*
  • Biological Ontologies
  • Classification
  • Humans
  • Knowledge*
  • Psychology*
  • Writing