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Since the establishment of the LCE project in 2016, the research activities of our members have resulted in multiple publications including books, journal articles and book chapters.


Probability Designs Karin KukkonenKukkonen, Karin (2020). Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing. Oxford University Press.  

Chance encounters, last-minute rescues, and coincidences launch Kukkonen's investigation of the literary manipulation of predictions. Through an enlightening blend of cognitive sciences and literary theory, Probability Designs enriches scholarly debates in literary studies and sheds light on how vital literature is for human thought. 

Available at Oxford University Press (external link)





  • Effe, A. (2020). Postcolonial Criticism and Cognitive Literary Studies: A New Formalist Approach to Antjie Krog's Country of My SkullJournal of Postcolonial Writing, 65(1), 97–109.
  • Nadarevic, L., Reber, R., Helmecke, A. J., & Köse, D. (2020). Perceived truth of statements and simulated social media postings: An experimental investigation of source credibility, repeated exposure, and presentation format. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications
  • Santos, D., Alves, D., Amaro, R., Branco, I. A., Fialho, O. et al. (2020). Leitura Distante em Portugues: Resumo do Primeiro Encontro (Distant Reading in Portuguese: A Summary of the First Meeting). MATLIT: Materialidades da Literatura (Materialities of Literature), 8(1). 
  • Skaar, Ø. O., & Reber, R. (2020). The phenomenology of Aha-experiences. Motivation Science6(1), 49–60.


  • Fabry, R. E., & Kukkonen, K. (2019) Reconsidering the Mind-Wandering Reader: Predictive Processing, Probability Designs, and Enculturation. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(2648).
  • Fialho, O. (2019). What is literature for? The role of transformative reading. Contribution to a special issue The place of the cognitive in literary studies. Edited by K.Kukkonen, A. Kuzmičová, S. L. Christiansen, & M. Polvinen, Cogent Arts & Humanities, 6(1).  
  • Kukkonen, K. (2019). Exploring Inner Perceptions: Interoception, Literature and Mindfulness. Journal of Consciousness Studies.  ISSN 1355-8250.  26(1112), 107–132. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Reber, R. (2019). Making school meaningful: Linking psychology of education to meaning in life. Educational Review71(4), 445–465.
  • Schrijvers, M., Janssen, T., Fialho, O., De Maeyer, S., & Rijlaarsdam, G. (2019). Transformative dialogic literature teaching fosters adolescents’ insight into human nature. Learning and Instruction, 63, 1–15.
  • Schrijvers, M., Janssen, T., Fialho, O., & Rijlaarsdam, G. (2019). Toward the validation of a literature classroom intervention to foster adolescents' insights into human nature: an iterative design process. Contribution to the special issue Systematically designed literature classroom interventions: Design principles, development and implementation, edited by Marloes Schrijvers, Karen Murphy, and Gert Rijlaarsdam. In L1 - educational studies in language and literature. 19, 1–47.
  • Schrijvers, M., Janssen, T., Fialho, O., & Rijlaarsdam, G. (2019). Gaining insight into human nature: A review of literature classroom intervention studies. Review of Educational Research, 89(1), 3–45.
  • Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., Blomster, J. K., Arriaga, P., Basabe, N., … & Fiske, A. P. (2019). Kama Muta: Conceptualizing and Measuring the Experience often labelled Being Moved Across 19 Nations and 15 Languages. Emotion, 19, 402–424.
  • Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2019). Moving Through The Literature. What is the emotion often denoted being moved? Emotion Review, 11, 123–139.



  • Fiske, A. P., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2017). The best loved story of all time: Overcoming all obstacles to be reunited, evoking kama muta. Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, 1(1), 67–70.
  • Fiske, A. P., Seibt, B., & Schubert, T. W. (2017). The sudden devotion emotion: Kama muta and the cultural practices whose function is to evoke it. Emotion Review, 11(1), 74–86.
  • Reber, R., & Greifeneder, R. (2017). Processing fluency in education: How metacognitive feelings shape learning, belief formation, and affect. Educational Psychologist52, 84–103.
  • Seibt, B., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., & Fiske, A. P. (2017). Interpersonal closeness and morality predict feelings of being moved. Emotion, 17(3), 389–394.
  • Seibt, B. S., Schubert, T. W., Zickfeld, J. H., Zhu, L., Arriaga, P., Simão, C., Nussinson, R., & Fiske, A. P. (2017). Kama muta: Similar emotional responses to touching videos across the US, Norway, China, Israel, and Portugal. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(3), 418–435. DOI:
  • Zickfeld, J. H., Schubert, T. W., Seibt, B., & Fiske, A. P. (2017). Empathic concern is part of a more general communal emotion. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(723).


  • Schrijvers, M., Janssen, T., Fialho, O., & Rijlaarsdam, G. (2016). The impact of literature education on students’ perceptions of self and others: Exploring personal and social learning experiences in relation to teacher approach. Contribution to a special issue The role of writing in literature education, edited by Tanja Janssen and Irene Pieper In L1 - educational studies in language and literature, 16(1), 1–37.

Book chapters


  • Østby, Y. (2021) Alt man skal huske – om hukommelse hos barn og ungdom i hverdagslivet og i rettssystemet. In C. K. Tamnes, Nevrokognitiv utviklingspsykologi (pp. 127–145). Oslo: Gyldendal.


  • Kukkonen, K. (2020). The speed of plot: Narrative Acceleration and Decleration. Orbis Litterarum, 75(2), 73–85. ISSN 0105-7510. doi:

  • Kukkonen, K. (2020). Kognitiv litteraturforskning: Att se sig själv tänka. In S. S. Cullhed, A. Hedberg & J. Svedjedal (Eds.),  Litteraturvetenskap II. pp. 247–264. Studentlitteratur AB. ISBN 9789144136257.
  • van Peer, W., Sopcak, P., Castiglione, D., Fialho, O., Jacobs, A., & Hakemulder, F. Foregrounding. Living Handbook of Empirical Studies of Literature and Media. DeGruyter. Press.
  • Vervaet, S. (2020). Empathic Vision? War Photography, Ekphrasis, and Memory in Bosnian War Literature. In Charles Ivan Armstrong & Unni Langås (Eds.),  Terrorizing Images. Trauma and Ekphrasis in Contemporary Literature (pp. 117–136). Walter de Gruyter, ISBN 978-3-11-069403-1.


  • Fiske, A. P., Schubert, T. W., & Seibt, B. (2017). “Kama muta” or "being moved by love": A bootstrapping approach to the ontology and epistemology of an emotion. In J. Cassaniti & U. Menon (Eds.), Universalism without uniformity: Explorations in mind and culture (pp. 79–100). University of Chicago Press.