Unit profile


We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers, post docs, and graduate students, led by Professor Ingar Brinck, Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science.

Research and Approach

CogComLab brings together multidisciplinary research in philosophy, cognitive science, social robotics, ethics, developmental psychology, music education, phenomenology, cognitive modelling, and comparative psychology. The group takes a broadly situated (embodied, embedded, dynamic, ecological, 4E) approach to cognition and communication, using a variety of complementary qualitative and quantitative methods --- analytic and phenomenological philosophical methods alongside reconstructive reviews and empirical methods such as laboratory experiments, qualitative interviews, modelling, ethnography, and observational studies.

On-going Research


  • improvisation and skill in making, drawing, music, on-line communication, etc.
  • motor cognition
  • perceptual presence
  • the brain and the conscious mind
  • norms, trust, and emotion in the social context
  • care and second-person ethics
  • joint attention, dialogue, and learning
  • cognitive modelling


We meet Fridays, once a week, to discuss work in progress.




What is it to be human? The CogComlab unites research on social cognition and communication within the areas of theoretical philosophy and developmental- and comparative psychology with the aim of explicating the foundations of (typically) human lifeforms.

Free keywords

  • Cognition
  • emotion
  • perceptual presence
  • interaction
  • improvisation
  • skill
  • motor cognition
  • embodiment
  • soical norms
  • affordances
  • sustainability
  • social robot
  • learning
  • joint attention
  • craft
  • drawing
  • music pedagogy
  • consciousness
  • the brain
  • cognitive modelling
  • AI
  • second-person ethics

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