University of Gothenburg

Division of Cognition and Communication

The Division conducts foundational and applied research on questions concerning human cognition and communication – at the individual, group and organisational levels. This research explores the social and psychological conditions of human- and automated-interaction in today’s digitalised and globalised world.

The Division is approximately twenty lecturers, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers who have an interdisciplinary background, including in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, informatics, media and communications, philosophy, programming and AI. 


Some of the salient foci of our researchers are:

  • Social robots with affective computing 
  • The language and psychology of influence 
  • The technological mind 
  • Communication about, and modelling the consequences of, climate change
  • Memory of fictional information
  • Network analyses of behaviour, cognition and the brain
  • Digital communication 
  • Decision-making
  • Organisational communication


The Division has two educational programmes, a Bachelor's programme in Cognitive Science and an international Master's programme in Communication. Our Cognitive Science programme implements an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human and machine information processing, and provides essential skills for multiple research areas and industries. The Master in Communication programme has an Industry Advisory Panel, who support the programme’s relevance to industry and other practice. The Division also has PhD programmes in cognitive science and communication, as well as post-doctoral research projects.