Cooperation partners within Lund University

  • Merle Horne, Centre for Languages and Literature (Linguistics), Lund University: Abstrakta, emotionella och konkreta ord i det mentala lexikonet (VR, 2010-2012)
  • Niclas Burenhult, Centre for Languages and Literature (Linguistics), Lund University: Vad driver semantisk kategorisering? Språk, kultur och ekologi bland Malackahalvöns minoriteter (VR, 2008-2011)
  • Göran Sandberg, Lunarc, Lund University: The strategic research area E-science (VR m.fl, 2010-) comprising, among other things, joint development of analysis methods for measurement data, involving Freddy Ståhlberg and the Lund Bioimaging Centre on the one hand and the Humanities Laboratory and measurement data resulting from CCL on the other
  • Åsa Wengelin, Centre for Languages and Literature (linguistics), Lund University Gaze behavior in writing (VR, 2010-2012)
  • CCL shares several research interests with the Center for Cognitive Semiotics in Lund (led by Göran Sonesson and Jordan Zlatev). Their involvement with the Primate Research Station in Furuvik (led by Mathias Osvath, Cognitive Science) is particularly noteworthy here, but also their interest in gestures and other forms of communication.
  • Jana Holsanova manages the project  ”Multimodal Learning: Learners´ interaction with printed and digital textbooks” , funded by the Crafoord foundation. The project started in September 2009 in cooperation with the Humanities Laboratory.
  • The CCL seminars have inspired collaboration between the Dept. of Audiology, Lund University Hospital, and the Dept. of Psychology, who are planning a project comparing individuals with hearing impairment and hearing individuals regarding inhibitory control mechanisms related to retrieval-induced forgetting.
  • Caroline Willners Centre for Languages and Literature, Phonetics
  • Martin Lövdén Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany
  • Maria Hansson-Sandsten Mathematical Statistics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences

National cooperation partners

  • CCL collaborates with the Linnaeus centre HEAD based at Linköping University and the Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm. The collaboration involves an ERP-study on the effects of phonological intervention in children with hearing impairment. Researchers: Magnus Lindgren, Birgitta Sahlén and Susanne Schötz (CCL) together with Björn Lyxell, Malin Wass, Cecilia von Mentzer (HEAD, Linköping) and Inger Uhlén (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm). Mikael Johansson (CCL) is also co-supervisor for one of the HEAD PhD students.
  • Birgitta Sahlén is a core group member in the Linnaeus centre HEAD at Linköping University and initiated collaboration regarding PhD student courses between the two Linnaeus environments HEAD and CCL during the autumn of 2009. CCL gave a three-day seminar for graduate students in CCL and HEAD in Lund, which inspired new collaborations. Some concrete ‘joint ventures’ have already emerged, for example within the area of ERP.
  • Collaboration with Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg (Speech and Language Pathology programme). The first product from the Avatar project within CCL will be evaluated in the Speech and Language Pathology programmes in Lund and Gothenburg in collaboration between Carmela Miniscalco, Gothenburg University, and Kristina Hansson and Birgitta Sahlén, CCL.
  • Birgitta Sahlén is also supervisor (together with Prof. Hans Forsberg, Neuropaediatrics) of PhD student Nelli Kalnak in a project on genetics and language impairment at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
  • The CCL studies on ERP methods in regard to the early development of small children’s memory systems currently also involves Mikael Heimann at Linköping University. The latter is an expert on behavioural methods for the study of early cognitive development.
  • Cooperation regarding communication and cognition in blind or severely visually impaired subjects with Dr Björn Breidegard, CERTEC, Lund University and with Prof. Yvonne Eriksson, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University.

International cooperation partners

  • The collaboration with Paul Verschure at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona has led to a shared PhD project in which a PhD student from Paul Verscure’s group, Riccardo Zucca, who is going to work for one year in Lund within CCL on the learning of timing of cellular responses. The Barcelona group contributes expertise in advanced mathematical data analysis.
  • Chris de Zeeuw and Bas Koekkokk at Erasmus University in Rotterdam have developed an experimental setup for studying eyeblink conditioning in human beings. They have set up the system in  the Humanities Laboratory and are going to take part in the study of language disabilities within the CCL environment.
  • The collaboration with Mark Schnitzer at Stanford University has led to an exchange of personnel. Schnitzer’s lab is a world leader in the development of in-vivo microscopic techniques. They also contribute expertise in modelling.
  • Collaborations have started with Robert van Rooij at Amsterdam University in connection with an ESF project on vague concepts that overlaps with CCL research.
  • Research cooperation on cognitive and linguistic aspects of action categorisation with Asifa Majid and Melissa Bowerman at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen.
  • Collaboration with Joost Zwarts and Matthijs Westera at the Universiteit Utrecht on the semantics of verbs has been initiated as well.
  • CCL’s Birgitta Sahlén, Magnus Lindgren and Susanne Schötz collaboration  with  Prof. Heikki Lyyttinen at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, regarding production of a Swedish version of an interactive training programme, including an ERP-study before and after intervention.
  • Jana Holsanova has initiated an international project on ‘Cognitive Processes underlying Mental Imagery and Problem-Solving’. Close cooperation is planned with the research group at The SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition in R1 Image/Space in Bremen.
  • Åsa Wengelin’s participation in European research programmes for the scientific study of writing has made way for cooperation between CCL and Prof. Mark Torrance and David Galbraith, Staffordshire University. The planned project focuses on keystroke-logging as a method for studying effects on writing speed from frequency of usage.

Potential cooperation partners

Collaboration between researchers from the five departments within the environment has become much intensified during the first two years. CCL has, apart from the original research paths, identified a number of possible future research areas:

  • Planned work on the mental lexicon can be extended to include suitable patients with prefrontal lesions through Lindgren’s role in the Front project at Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway.
  • The semantics of verbs has come in focus as central for thinking in time. Models based on conceptual spaces can be tested using EEG and fMRI, and they can be connected to the simulation models within CCL. Also, structured methods for semantic description have come to play a larger potential role than originally foreseen.
  • The collaboration with the Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre has given us the opportunity to develop our own set of tests and diagnostic tools using digitalised characters. By using avatars, temporal aspects of communication, for example speed and prosody, can be systematically varied, as well as the timing of gestures and speech in narrative conversation. The influence of these factors on language comprehension can be explored in normal populations as well as in various disability groups. Also, through contacts with the Department of Audiology, Lund University Hospital, methodological tools to explore cerebellar contribution not only to speech production, but also to speech perception, are available.
  • The language development of children with communicative disabilities will be studied. Work has also been started to include more aspects of social cognition in forthcoming experiments on early language processes. A parallel project on electrophysiological correlates of artificial grammar learning in children with SLI has been initiated in collaboration with the Norwegian national resource centres for special education.