Department Communication and Cognition

Department of Communication and Cognition

The department of Communication and Cognition (DCC) studies cognitive and social aspects of human communication through a multidisciplinary approach combining careful experimentation with survey methods, corpus analyses and computational modeling. Core research domains include communication and technology, cross-cultural communication, information visualisation, marketing and business communication, language production, and non-verbal communication.

New media and other digital technologies play an increasingly important role in the research and teaching of the department. These technologies shape how we live, learn and work, and strongly influence how we communicate with colleagues, family and friends. Our research and teaching contributes to developing better digital communication systems, with applications in eHealth, affective computing, media, journalism and education.

Part of the research of the departement is funded through external grants, resulting in collaborations with external partners such as The Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation, Philips Research, De Persgroep and Sanoma Media BV.

DCC is responsible for a flourishing academic program in Communication and Information Sciences (CIS/CIW). Specializations in the program include Business Communication and Digital Media (Bachelor and Master), Communication and Cognition (Bachelor and Master), and New Media Design (Master). The department is also co-responsible for the Research Master Linguistics and Communication Sciences, jointly organized with Radboud University Nijmegen. 

DCC hosts about 35 staff members, and about 25 PhD students.