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About Literature, Cognition and Emotions

Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE) is a hub for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

The project brings together literary studies, linguistics, psychology and neurosciences in a new conversation about the complexity of the human experience.

We pursue theoretical investigations and empirical experiments, develop a teaching programme and build connections to the international research community and the public at large.


As a strategic priority in the Faculty of Humanities, we will:

  1. Establish an environment where literature and psychology develop an understanding of the mind that is scientifically sound, culturally situated and phenomenologically rich.
  2. Create research projects that integrate methods, concepts and materials from the different disciplines involved and that have an international outlook.
  3. Implement a collaborative, innovative teaching package.
  4. Build a portfolio of innovation and outreach activities.


Our network of associated research groups and centres stretches from Europe to the US and Australia. We work together with groups in empirical approaches to literature, cognitive literary study, memory studies and digital humanities.

Contact us

Karin Kukkonen, Professor at Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages


Literature, Cognition and Emotions was formed as a research group at ILOS in 2016. Here, the group developed a culture of exchange between the disciplines of literary studies, linguistics and psychology through discussions of the latest research, literary texts and members' work in progress.