Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Person

I am Associate Professor in Cognitive Science and work as lecturer in the master's program in Cognitive Science, supervisor, research leader of the Mental Imagery Group, and senior researcher in Linnaeus environment ”Cognition, Communication, and Learning” at Lund University.

My research focuses on multimodality, cognition and visual communication. I have been using eye movement measurement to study in detail image perception, the interplay between language and images, the role of images for learning, visual thinking (mental imagery), and users' interaction with various media. I have served as a mentor for postdoctoral researchers within the framework of luPOD - Lund University Career Development. Currently, I am investigating the process of audio description (verbal descriptions of visual scenes for people with visual impairment and blindness).

Research

About the research

I am Associate Professor in Cognitive Science and senior researcher in Linnaeus environment ”Cognition, Communication, and Learning” at Lund University. I have served as a mentor for postdoctoral researchers within the framework of luPOD - Lund University Career Development. In my research, I have combined quantitative and qualitative methods (eye tracking, verbal protocols, experiments, focus groups, interviews) to study cognition and communication.

My research focuses on multimodality, cognition and visual communication. I have been using eye movement measurement to study in detail image perception, the interplay between language and images, the role of images for learning, visual thinking (mental imagery), and users' interaction with various media. Currently, I am investigating the process of audio description (verbal descriptions of visual scenes for people with visual impairment and blindness).

My book "Discourse, vision and cognition" (Benjamins 2008) concerns perception, interpretation and description of images and the underlying cognitive processes. My book "Myths and facts about reading" (Nordstedts 2010) presents research on reading and on the interplay between language and images in various media. My book "Methodologies for multimodal research" (Sage 2012) is focusing on novel methods and tools for the analysis of visual communication and multimodality including an interdisciplinary framework and a triangulation of methods.

 I am also one of the editors of the antology "Audio description - research and practices" (2016) published in co-operation between Lund university, Stockholm university and the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM). The book is the first of its kind in Sweden and Scandinavia and is available as a printed book, as an open access publication, as a talking book and in Braille.

During my time in Germany and Czech Republic (1986 -1992) I conducted research on spoken language, narratives and interpretation by means of conversation analysis, discourse analysis and interpretation theories.

Publications

Books (5)
Editorships (2)
Articles (19)
Book chapters (42)
Encyclopaedia entries (1)
Conference contributions (67)
Reports (11)
Working papers (6)
Supervision at Lund University (3)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

Administrative management assignments, department level:

  • Director of Doctoral Studies, Department of Philosophy, 2014
  • Deputy member of the Board, Department of Philosophy, 2014
  • Department Representative of the reference group for the Faculty Board of Doctoral Studies, 2014
  • Convener and Member of the Equality group (JLM), Department of Philosophy, 2012-2014

Administrative management assignments, faculty level:

  • Member of the Faculty Board for Doctoral Studies, 2015
  • Head of the Department of Educational Sciences 2015

Administrative management assignments outside of HT-faculty:

  • Member of the steering committee CCL (Linnaeus environment Cognition, Communication and Learning: Thinking in Time), 2009-

Administrative management assignments outside of Lund University

  • Chairman of the Swedish Braille Authority (Punktskriftsnämnden), Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, 2012-
  • Board Member of the Swedish Braille Authority (Punktskriftsnämnden), Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, 2009-2012

Internationally:

  • Chair elect of the Visual Communication Division, International Communication Association 2013-2015
  • Vice Chair of the Visual Communication Division, International Communication Association 2011-2013

Awards

Recipient of the award from Inga and John Hains Foundation (2013, 2014)