Concept Videos Catalogue

Get an introduction to core concepts in literature, rhetoric and cognition with these short videos. We add more material continuously.

Classical Rhetoric and Cognition

Literature and Cognition

Classical Rhetoric and Cognition

This four-part video series provides an introduction to traditional concepts of classical rhetoric in light of modern cognitive science.

I: Mnemotechnics

This video explains what kind of mnemotechnic methods the ancient orators used and how modern cognitive science has confirmed their effectiveness. Text version (PDF).

II: Enargeia

This video explains the ancient rhetorical concept of "enargeia" ("vividness") in light of modern cognitive science. Text version (PDF).

III: Irony

This video demonstrates how ancient orators used irony in their speeches and explains what modern cognitive science has to say about the rhetorical effect of irony. Text version (PDF).

IV: History and Oratory

This video shows how the use of speeches in ancient historiography and the use of historical examples in ancient oratory can be better understood by reference to certain cognitive factors. Text version (PDF).

Literature and Cognition

These videos introduce theoretical and practical concepts for understanding how literature and cognition intersect.

Conceptual Metaphors

This video explains how metaphors shape how think, feel and experience the world around us.

Lexical and Phonological Route

This video explains how the brain shifts between reading for letters and reading for sound, and how literary texts can create sounds effects in the head.

Narrative Self-Construction

This video shows how literary narratives both expand and challenge the stories that make up your sense of self.


Contributors: Karin Kukkonen (Narrative Self-Construction, Lexical and Phonological Route), Ljiljana Šarić (Conceptual Metaphors) and Silvio Bär (Classical Rhetoric and Cognition I-IV). These videos were created in collaboration with LINK.

Published Dec. 8, 2020 9:31 AM - Last modified July 21, 2021 7:57 PM