Wehling, E. (2016). Politisches Framing: Wie eine Nation sich ihr Denken einredet - und daraus Politik macht. (Political framing: A cognitive scientist's guide to how a nation turns language into politics). Köln: von Halem. (Also forthcoming in English)

Lakoff, G., & Wehling, E. (2012). The little blue book: The essential guide to thinking and talking Democratic. New York: Simon and Schuster. 

Lakoff, G., & Wehling, E. (2008). Auf leisen Sohlen ins Gehirn: Politische Sprache und ihre heimliche Macht (Tiptoeing into the brain: Political language and its secret powers). Heidelberg: Carl-Auer.

Edited Issues

Wehling, E., & Sweetser, E. (2017). Gesture Pragmatics. GESTURE, 16(2), Special Issue.

Doctoral Thesis  

Wehling, E. (2013). A nation under joint custody: How conflicting family models divide US-politics. Doctoral Thesis, University of California at Berkeley. 

Academic Papers In Progress, Submitted, & Published 

Gamez-Djokic, V.*, Wehling, E.*, & Aziz-Zadeh, L. (Under revision). Dirty politics: Disgust simulation during conservative and liberal moral political judgment. 

Gamez-Djokic, V.*, Wehling, E.*, & Aziz-Zadeh, L. (Under revision). Pushing ideas: The neural simulation of communication metaphors.     

Gamez-Djokic, V.*, Wehling, E.*, Davis, J., Bergen, B., & Aziz-Zadeh, L. (Under revision). Does the brain 'grasp' politics? Modulation of motor and premotor areas by affirmative and negated hand-action metaphors.

Wehling, E.* & Feinberg, M.* (In prep.). Systemic Causation: Systemic causal reasoning at the basis of global warming beliefs and in environmental communication.

Gamez-Djokic, V., Narayana, S., Wehling, E., Sheng, T., Bergen, B., Davis, J., & Aziz-Zadeh, L. (Submitted). Morally queasy: Metaphors implying moral disgust activate specific subregions of the insula and basal ganglia. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Feinberg, M.*, Wehling, E.*, Chung, J., Lakoff, G., Saslow, L., & Malvaer, I., (Accepted.) Measuring Moral Politics: How strict and nurturant family values explain individual differences in conservatism, liberalism, and the political middle. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Feinberg, M.*, Wehling, E.*. (2018). A moral house divided: How idealized family models impact political cognition. PLoS ONE 13(4): : e0193347.

Wehling, E. (2017). Discourse management gestures. Gesture, 16(2), 245–276.

Wehling, E. (2012). Preghiere per una nazione malata: Le basi morali delle metafore di Silvio Berlusconi (Prayers for a sick nation: The moral bases of conceptual metaphors in the discourse of Silvio Berlusconi). RETI, 1(2): Scienza cognitive incarnata e modelli evoluzionistici, 106-110.

Di Pietro, S.*, & Wehling, E.* (2011). La glorificazione di Silvio: Un'analisi dei frames religiosi nei discorsi pubblici di Silvio Berlusconi (The glorification of Silvio: Religious frames in Silvio Berlusconi's speech). Communicazione Politica, 3/2011, 321-342.

Wehling, E. (2010). Argument is gesture war: Function, form and prosody of discourse structuring gestures in political argument. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (pp.54-65). Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Handbook & Edited Volume Chapters

Wehling, E. (2017). Political Framing. In Perrin, D., & Cotter, C. (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Language and Media. Oxon, UK: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Wehling, E. (2015). Moral disgust at its best: The important role of low-level mappings and structural parallelism in political disgust and disease metaphors. In Ervas, F., & Gola, E. (Eds.), Metaphors we live twice: A communicative approach beyond the conceptual view. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Wehling, E. (2010). Il nostro pensiero è quasi sempre inconscio (On implicit embodied cognition). Nuova Civiltà delle Macchine, 4/2010, 33-46.

Hahn, A.* & Wehling, E.* (2005). Die Junfräulichkeit des Gesprächs (The innocence of the interview). In Pörksen, B. (Hrsg.), Trendbuch Journalismus (Trends in journalism) (pp. 26-35). Köln: von Halem.

Wehling, E.*, & Winckel, B.* (2005). Wissen, wie Journalisten ticken (The journalist’s mind). In Pörksen, B. (Ed.), Trendbuch Journalismus (Trends in journalism) (pp. 76-84). Köln: von Halem.

Hofmann, S.*, & Wehling, E*. (2005). Der kleine Dieter (The mechanisms of boulevard journalism). In Pörksen, B. (Ed.), Trendbuch Journalismus (Trends in journalism) (pp. 126-134). Köln: von Halem.

Textbook Chapters & Dictionary Entries

Lakoff, G.*, & Wehling, E*. (2016). Appreciating undocumented Americans. In Golden, J., Shea, R. H., & Balla, L. (Eds.), Advanced Language and Literature: For Honors and Pre-AP English Courses. New York: McMillan Higher Education.

Wehling, E. (2014). Mimik, Nonverbale Kommunikation, Kinetik (Mimicry, nonverbal communication, kinetics). In Wrana, D., Ziem, A., Reisigl, M., Nonhoff, M., Angermüller, J. (Eds.), DiskursNetz: Wörterbuch der interdisziplinären Diskursforschung (Dictionary for interdisciplinary discourse analysis). Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp.

Lakoff, G.*, & Wehling, E.* (2014). Obama vs. Romney: Framing matchup. In Rosenwasser, D., & Stephen, J. (Eds.), Writing Analytically with Readings. (pp. 656-659). Independence: Cengage Learning.

Lakoff, G.*, & Wehling, E.* (2010). Im Land der zwei Freiheiten: Warum wir hören, was wir denken (In the land of two freedoms: Why we hear what we think). In Hoffmann, L. (Ed.), Sprachwissenschaft: Ein Reader (Language studies: A reader) (pp. 147-154). Berlin: De Gruyter.

Hahn, A.*,& Wehling, E.* (2009). Das journalistische Interview (Journalistic Interviewing). In Kohrs, P. (Ed.). Deutsch Profile: Ein Arbeits- und Methodenbuch für das berufliche Gymnasium (German studies textbook) (pp. 334-35). Paderborn: Schöningh. [Excerpt from: Die Junfräulichkeit des Gesprächs. In Pörksen, B. (Hrsg.), Trendbuch Journalismus.]

Political Book Chapters & Case Studies

Wehling, E. (2017). Von viel Leid und wenig Freud: Reden über Steuern (How we conceptualize taxation). In Friedel, A. (Ed.). Steuerpolitik, Reihe Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 67, 23-25/2017 (pp. 4-10). Bonn: BPB.

Wehling, E., Bartlett, J., & Norries, R. (2015). Populism and It's Moral Siblings. London: Demos.

Wehling, E. (2014). Sprache, Werte, Frames: Wie findet man den richtigen Rahmen für politische Botschaften (Language, values, frames: How to find the right frame for political messages). In Denkwerk Demokratie (Ed.), Sprache, Macht, Denken: Politische Diskurse verstehen und führen (Understanding and engaging in political discourse) (pp. 159-167). Frankfurt am Main: Campus. 

Wehling, E. (2013). Denken in Worten (Thinking in words). In Eckert, G., Novy, L., & Schwickert, D. (Eds.), Zwischen Macht und Ohnmacht: Facetten erfolgreicher Politik (Aspects of successful political work) (pp. 311-319). Heidelberg: Springer VS.

Wehling, E. (2013). Die Gute Gesellschaft braucht die Gute Sprache (The Good Society needs the Good Language). In Kellermann, C., Meyer, H. (Eds.), Die Gute Gesellschaft: Soziale und demokratische Politik im 21. Jahrhundert (The good society: Social and democratic politics in the 21st century) (pp. 121-133). Berlin: Suhrkamp.

Wehling, E. (2011). Der gedankliche Abbau sozialdemokratischer Werte: Zur Sprache der Sozialpolitik in Großbritannien, Italien, Österreich und Deutschland (The cognitive dismantling of social-democratic values: The language of social policy in the UK, Italy, Austria, and Germany). International Policy Analysis. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Wehling, E.*, & Lakoff, G.* (2011). Die neue Sprache der Sozialdemokratie (The new language of social democracy). International Policy Analysis. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Wehling, E., Lakoff, G. (2011). The new language of social democracy. In Meyer, H., Rutherford, J. (Eds.), The future of European Social Democracy: Towards the Good Society (pp. 93-107). London: Palgrave McMillan.

Wehling, E. (2009). Politische Kommunikation, die ankommt: Eine neurolinguistische Analyse des EU-Wahlkampfes (Communicating politics). International Policy Analysis. Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.


Ideologically Viewpointed Framings in the German Labour Debate: A Conceptual Analysis, 7th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, University of Essen, October 6, 2016

'Pushing' and 'Grasping' Ideas: High- and Low-Level Metaphors in the Brain, 7th International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, University of Essen, October 5, 2016

To Rescue or to Self-Defend?: The Semantic Structures of Moral Narratives in Public Discourse, Narratives of Justice: Conceptual Profiles of Discrimination in Digital Culture, University of Bonn, February 16, 2016

Does the Brain 'Grasp' Politics, Even When it Doesn't?: Modulation of Motor and Premotor Areas by Affirmative and Negated Hand Action Metaphors, 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle, July 21, 2015 

Morally Queasy: Insula and Basal Ganglia Responses to Literal and Metaphoric Disgust Language, 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle, July 21, 2015

A Nation Under Joint Custody: How Conflicting Family Models Divide US-Politics, 12th Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language Conference, University of California at Santa Barbara, November 5, 2014

Pragmatic Functions of Gestures in Face-to-Face Discourse, 2nd Conference of the American Pragmatics Association, University of California at Los Angeles, October 17, 2014

Discourse Management Gestures, Gesture Pragmatics Symposium, Linguistics Department, University of California, Berkeley, April 8, 2013

Gesture Prosody, 5th Conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies, University of Lund, July 25, 2012

When Interlocutors Get Pushy: Communicative Force in Discourse Management Gestures, 11th Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 17, 2012

Italy, Miraculously Cured: Berlusconi’s Metaphors, Invited talk at the International Conference on Metaphor and Communication, University of Cagliari, May 14, 2011

The Unleashed Ruler: Metaphoric Framings of Capitalism, 4th International Conference of German Cognitive Linguistics Association, University of Bremen, October 8, 2010

Bimodal Speech Acts, 4th Conference of the International Society of Gesture Studies, European University Viadrina Frankfurt Oder, July 28, 2010

Pragmatic Gestures and Communicative Intent, Language and Embodiment Symposium, Anthropology Department, University of California, Berkeley, April 8, 2010

Argument is Gesture War: Function, Form and Prosody of Discourse Structuring Gestures in Political Argument, 35th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, February 16, 2009



Metaphors of Conservatism and Liberalism, Workshop "Language and Cognition: Manipulating and Metaphor in the Romania and Elsewhere", University of Vienna, December 16

Framing and It's Implications for Biases and Transparency in the Media, Lecture Series "Media and Credibility" at University of Innsbruck, December 15

The Embodied Conceptual Foundations of Science, Keynote at the Annual Convention of the Swiss National Science Foundation, Interlaken, November 16


Metaphor and Morality in Politics, Cognitive Science Department at University of California, Merced, September 29

Dirty Politics: The Neural Validity of Disgust Metaphors in Political Language Processing, Cog Network, UC, Berkeley, September 14

The Role of Moral Disgust in Political Judgment, Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics (105), Linguistics and Cognitive Science Department, UC, Berkeley, July 2  

Non-Verbal Framing Through Gesture in Political Debate, Gesture Studies, Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, July 1

The Values of Conservatism, Liberalism, and the 'Political Middle', International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, May 21

The Nation As Family Metaphor, Introduction to the Study of Language, Department of English Language and Literature, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, March 10


The Conceptual Basis of Moral Judgment in Politics, Rhetoric Department, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, December 17

Public Discourse and Political Judgment, Communications Department, University of Roskilde, Roskilde, December 17  

Embodied Cognition and Political Beliefs Part II, Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics (105), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, November 25

Gesture Prosody, Pragmatics (123), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, November 24

Metaphoric Framing Effects, Metaphor (106), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, October 16

The Metaphoric Construal of Moral Disgust, The Brain's Politics (209), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, October 16

Metaphor and Politics, Introduction to Metaphor, Cognitive Science Department at University of California, Merced, October 8

The Embodiment of Pragmatic Force in Gesture, Gesture Centre, Vreije Universitaet Amsterdam, Amsterdam, September 4

Embodied Cognition and Political Beliefs Part I, Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics (105), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, July 23

Getting Pushy: Force Embodiment in Argumentative Gestures, Cog Network, UC, Berkeley, March 10


The Moral Conceptual Bases of Political Beliefs, Introduction to Metaphor, Cognitive Science Department at University of California, Merced, November 12

A Nation Under Joint Custody: Family Models and Political Polarization, Cog Network, UC, Berkeley, September 9

Metaphor and Politics, Mind and Language (105), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, July 3

The Cognitive Validity of the Strict-Father and Nurtuarnt-Parent Models in Moral Politics Theory, International Computer Science Institute, Berkeley, May 1


Gesture and Political Thought, Pragmatics (123), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, November 19

Conceptual Metaphor, Framing, and Political Persuasion, Introduction to Metaphor, Cognitive Science Department at University of California, Merced, October 30

Moral Metaphoric Cognition, Colloquium talk at the W. Maurice Young Center for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 17


The Impact of Gesture on Social Attitudes, The Politics of Language (51), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, September 20

Gesture Pragmatics, Pragmatics (123), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, September 15

The Embodied Bases of “Moral” Gestures, Mind and Language (105), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, August 11

Embodied Cognition and the Berlusconi Phenomenon, Colloquium talk at the Psychology Department, Università degli Studi di Milano, May 15


Metaphor and Gesture, Metaphor (106), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, October 5

Bimodal Speech Acts, Mind and Language (105), Linguistics Department, UC, Berkeley, September 29

Political Debate is Gesture War, Colloquium talk at RWTH Aachen University, Centre for Natural Media and Engineering, Aachen, January 21

Emotion, Cognition, and Politics, Hertie School of Governance, Strategic Political Communication, Berlin, January 15


Gesture in Face-to-Face Discourse, Discourse Analysis (250), German Department, UC, Berkeley, October 14

Metaphoric Framings in the German Taxation Debate, The Mind, Language, and Politics (104), Linguistics & Cognitive Science Department, UC, Berkeley, May 7

Metaphor and Religion, The Mind, Language, and Politics (104), Linguistics & Cognitive Science Department, UC, Berkeley, April 6

Metaphors in the German Immigration Debate, The Mind, Language, and Politics (104), Linguistics & Cognitive Science Department, UC, Berkeley, February 3

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