The overarching focus of Thinking in Time: Cognition, Communication, and Learning (CCL) is the study of time processes in cognition, communication, and learning. This is achieved by integrating and combining methodologies and techniques from natural science, behavioral science, and the humanities.

The goal is to provide a description of the temporal control of movement and time perception at the cellular lever, explain how these processes contribute to sequencing in language and cognition, spell out the causal relationship between activation of the brain’s language and memory systems, and thereby understand how these systems contribute to word meanings and the generation of a meaningful message. These processes are instrumental in cognitive processes which rely on simulation of verbal behavior and interaction with the external world. We aim to explore both aspects at an experimental and a theoretical lever, using information about timing and causal processes, and the role of simulation in cognition.

A few examples of specific research areas are:

  • How children and adolescents learn the meaning of words – and how this ability changes as a consequence of cognitive development
  • How we create common ground in conversation – and how this is affected by the communicative ability and our ability to envisage the knowledge of others
  • The role of the cerebellum in the perception and production of speech and language
  • How gestural information is integrated in language processing – and how incongruent or temporally misaligned gestures affect the understanding
  • The neurological correlates of verb semantics
  • The ability of the brain to simulate actions before they are performed – and the influence of simulation on language production and planning

Our goal is to provide a better understanding of the processes underlying language development and processing. This is of great clinical and pedagogical importance and the results will improve diagnostic and therapeutic methods for various groups with language and communicative disabilities. The results can also be applied in the development of clinical tests and intervention procedures.

CCL is guided by five overreaching core themes. Read more about them here. The actual research in CCL is divided into a number of projects which are listed here. The research at CCL has also spurred the creation of a number of theme groups, interest groups open  to researchers, both in CCL and in the community, centered around some of the research themes in CCL. Read more about them here.

Links to research groups associated with or collaborating with CCL

The laboratory for Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems – SPECS (Pompeu Fabra Univsersity, Barcelona)

Mark Schnitzer Research Group (Stanford University)