Director Sarah Bro Trasmundi, Associate Professor, PhD
Fields of Research
- Cognitive ethnography
- Distributed cognition
- Embodied interaction
Sarah Bro Trasmundi (née Pedersen) is Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She has been a visiting scholar at (i) Department of Education, Gothenburg University, where she worked together with Professor Per Linell, (ii) Department of Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego, hosted by Professor David Kirsh, (iii) Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University, hosted by Professor Michael L. Anderson, (iv) Department of German, University of California, Berkeley, hosted by Professor Claire Kramsch, (v) Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London, where she worked with Professor Mark Bishop. Currently she works with cognitive ethnography and embodied interaction on a large research project The Ecology of Psychotherapy: Integrating Cognition, Languge, and Emotion (EPICLE). She is the director of the upcoming CogEthno-Lab at Department of Language and Communication.
Trasmundi, S. B. & Linell, P (2017). Interactivity, extended dialogism and cognitive event analysis: finding problems to solutions in emergency medicine. Pragmatics & Cognition; 24(1): 64–92.
Pedersen, S.B. (2015). The Cognitive Ecology of Human Errors in Emergency Medicine: An Interactivity -based Approach. PhD-dissertation. Odense: University of Southern Denmark.
Trasmundi, S. B. (2016). Distribueret kognition og distribueret sprog: analyse af kognitive events i en akutmedicinsk social praksis. NyS 50, 55–85.
Co-founder Johanne Stege Philipsen, Postdoctoral fellow, PhD
Fields of research
- Embodied Interaction
- Cognitive Ethnography
- Collective Creativity
Johanne Stege Philipsen is a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Language and Communication at SDU. Johanne has a background in Linguistics and Cognitive Semiotics from Aarhus University, and has done work in fields of Semiotics, Interaction studies, and Cognitive ethnography. Her main area of research is micro-analytic studies of face-to-face interaction with special interests including tactility, embodiment, gesture, joint problem solving, ecological cognition and collaborative idea generation processes. Her dissertation was dedicated to the diverse synergies of creative group processes with a special focus on idea generation using LEGO blocks and, among other things, involving the workshop method LEGO Serious Play. During her PhD training, Johanne has had several extensive international research stays with prof. Charles Goodwin and prof. Marjorie Harness Goodwin at UCLA. At the moment, she is investigating co-operative gesture transformations and embodied practices in psychotherapy. As a footnote, she has also published under her previous last name Bjørndahl.
Tylén, K., Philipsen, J. S., Roepstorff, A., & Fusaroli, R. (2016). Trails of meaning construction: Symbolic artifacts engage the social brain. NeuroImage, 134: 105-112.
Bjørndahl, J.S., Fusaroli R., Østergaard, S. and Tylén K. (2015) Agreeing is not enough: The constructive role of miscommunication. Interaction Studies, 16(3): 395-525.
Bjørndahl, J. S., Fusaroli, R., Østergaard, S., & Tylén, K. (2014). Thinking together with material representations: Joint epistemic actions in creative problem solving. Cognitive Semiotics, 7(1), 103-123.
Tylén K., Fusaroli R, Bjørndahl J.S., Raszerczek-Leonardi, J., Østergaard, S. & Stjernfelt, F. (2014) Diagrammatic Reasoning: abstraction, interaction, and insight. Pragmatics & Cognition, 22(2): 264-283.
Professor Sune Vork Steffensen
Fields of research
- Ecological linguistics
- Distributed cognition
- Human interactivity
For more than a decade, Professor Sune Vork Steffensen has contributed to the development of ecological linguistics through numerous publications. His current research combines interaction analysis, ecological linguistics and situated, distributed and systemic approaches in cognitive science. He is one of the pioneers of Cognitive Event Analysis, i.e. the study of how short-scale interbodily dynamics, constrained by large-scale sociocultural patterns, enable agents and systems to achieve results. His main empirical interest is interactivity in organizational settings (primarily within the health sector), e.g. expertise, decision making, and problem solving in complex sociocultural environments. He is currently PI on a large project on The Ecology of Psychotherapy: Integrating Cognition, Languge, and Emotion (EPICLE). Further, Sune Vork Steffensen is treasurer of the International Society for Interactivity, Language and Cognition.
Steffensen, S. V. (2011). Beyond mind: an extended ecology of languaging. In S. J. Cowley (Ed.), Distributed language (pp. 185-210). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Steffensen, S. V. (2013). Human interactivity: Problem-solving, solution-probing and verbal patterns in the wild. In S. J. Cowley & F. Vallée-Tourangeau (Eds.). Cognition Beyond the Brain: Computation, Interactivity and Human Artifice (pp. 195-221). Dordrecht: Springer.
Steffensen, S. V., & Fill, A. (2014). Ecolinguistics: the state of the art and future horizons. Language Sciences, 41, Part A, 6-25.
Steffensen, S. V. (2015). Distributed Language and Dialogism: notes on non-locality, sense-making and interactivity. Language Sciences, 50, 105-119.
Steffensen, S. V., Vallée-Tourangeau, F., & Vallée-Tourangeau, G. (2016). Cognitive events in a problem-solving task: a qualitative method for investigating interactivity in the 17 Animals problem. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28(1), 79-105.
Postdoctoral fellow Line Brink Worsøe
Line Brink Worsøe is a post.doc at the research project EPICLE, the Department of Language and Communication (at University of Southern Denmark). Her main research interests are human cognition in language and social interaction whether spoken, written or otherwise whole-bodied in form. She has been working with qualitative studies of the relation between people’s sense of (diagnostic) identity and the semiotic means they use to communicate and negotiate this in interactivity on social media. This interest has lead to a strong interest in the different articulatory characteristics of written language vs. spoken language in collaboration with whole bodily interactions. Her doctorate work was a Ph.D. at the Department of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics at University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the Danish Language Council. The dissertation was on neologism in the perspective of language and cognition as distributed among heterogeneous dimensions of human ecology, social systems, time and space. Alongside her PhD, Line has been teaching courses on interpersonal communication and strategic communication within the framework of language psychology and organizational communication.
Postdoctoral fellow Mona Have Nielsen
PhD Student Line Maria Simonsen
PhD Student Malte Lebahn
PhD Student Malene Jensen
Malene Jensen has a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Copenhagen. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Southern Denmark. She has previously worked as an associate professor at the University College Absalon, where she was involved in the teacher education program.
Her main research interest is classroom interaction with a focus on 1) theinclusion and exclusion dynamics, and 2) the interactive and reflexive positionings which take place in communities of practice. As a former teacher and reading tutor in elementary school and as a reading tutor educator at the university college she has worked with a cognitive and sociocultural approach to reading.
In her current PhD project, she investigates reading activities at the university college from an embodied and ecological perspective. Particularly she is interested in analysing how reading practices are constrained, what inhibit students from applying an efficient and functional reading strategy and which interventions that should be initiated to accommodate the identified challenges. The project is part of the externally funded research project: "How do University Students Read? A Cognitive Ethnography Study".
Student Assistant Jakob Godsk Nielsen
Jakob Godsk Nielsen is a student of psychology at the University of Southern Denmark. His main research interests span:
- reciprocity between cognition and interaction
- gender, sex and sexuality debates
He has previously been affiliated with the department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen, where he attended courses in sociology, methodology and scientific theory. Currently Jakob works at different volunteer counseling services, through which he is accumulating extensive experience with youth counseling. Jakob is also one of the research assistants working on the project "How do University Students Read? A Cognitive Ethnography Study".
Student Assistant Johanne Kirkeby
Johanne Kirkeby is a master student in English and Danish at SDU. In addition to working on a cognitive ethnographic study on reading at the ACE-lab, she also works with drones and organizational cognition on the OBID project and teaches linguistics. She has a broad research interest in linguistics and cognition, and more specifically she investigates visualisation & reading in the current project "How do University Students Read? A Cognitive Ethnography Study"
Her most recent scientific contributions are a co-authored article and a paper presentation on organizational cognition:
- Cowley, S., Secchi, D., & Kirkeby, J. (in press). Organisational Cognition: Why should we care? The importance of cognitive cross-over.
- Cowley, S., Kirkeby, J., & Secchi, D. (2019). Organisational Cognition: the case for cognitive cross-over. Paper presentation at the European Academy of Management Conference. Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
Student Assistant Camille Munk Holmstedt
Camille Munk Holmstedt is a master student of English Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. Her main research interests are within the fields of:
- Languaging including linguistics, dialogic and eco-social approaches to the study of human interactivity.
- Radical embodied cognition
She has previously worked with data transcriptions in relation to the project 'The Ecology of Psychotherapy: Integrating Cognition, Language, and Emotion' (EPICLE) under the Centre for Human Interactivity.
Her most recent research activity is a paper presentation on personhood and dialogical interactions on psychotherapy:
- Holmstedt, M. C. (2019). Language & Life: Being a Person in Therapy. Paper presentation at The International Scientific Conference on Language, Discourse and (Inter)Culture in Human Communication. Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
She is currently a research assistant on the project 'How do University Students Read? A Cognitive Ethnography Study.'