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Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE)

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How literature shapes thought and feelings

Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE) is an interdisciplinary hub that brings together literary studies, linguistics, psychology and neurosciences in a new conversation about literature.


  • readmemo-chris-liu-660x330unsplash Bli med på ReadMemo-eksperimentet! Oct. 5, 2020

    Vil du være med på et forskningseksperiment om skjønnlitteratur og minner?

  • hjernenogb--kene LCE at Forskningsdagene 2020 Sep. 28, 2020

    This year's Forskningsdagene was all about "The Fantastic Brain". LCE participated in several events, presenting new perspectives on how literature, and its fantastic qualities, relate to the brain.


LCE organises a reading group, annual lectures, talks, teaching events and workshops.

Novel Perceptions: Lecture with Karina van Dalen-Oskam

2 November, 15:15 PM

Professor Karina van Dalen-Oskam presents her research on perceptions of literary quality in an open lecture. 

Register for the Zoom lecture



LCE offers an interdisciplinary course thread for BA students at the Faculty of Humanities and the Department of Psychology as well as a repository of digital teaching material. For MA students, we offer a series of courses, stipends and supervision.


LCE collaborates internally between the following departments at the University of Oslo:

Our external network of associated research groups and centres stretches from Europe to the US and Australia. 

Contact us

Karin Kukkonen

Professor, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages

22 85 48 72

Research and Education initiatives at the Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities promotes five research and education initiatives between 2019 and 2023. The goal is to contribute to solutions for the societal challenges of our day.