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About the centre

The Center for Culture, Cognition and Language (CCCL) researches how language, culture and cognition influence each other. Two questions are key within this field: how are cognitive abilities formed and what roles do convention, involvement and perspective play in the interpretation of language?

Research themes

The themes addressed include unconscious bias, the understanding of mental illnesses, commitments stemming from language expression and the evolution of culture. The CCCL always refers to themes with a social relevance and shares the results of all research with relevant target groups (such as psychiatrists) and the wider public, through lectures, books and newspaper articles.


The CCCL researchers study these questions with a strong interdisciplinary approach, incorporating insights from professional fields such as psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience and biology. They also look at the various professional practices, such as psychiatry. Via this interdisciplinary approach, the CCCL contributes to the formation of philosophical theory in both philosophy of mind and of language. The research’s strongly scientific approach underpins the centre’s third pillar: philosophy of science.


Collaboration with other disciplines is manifold, among other things through the organisation of monthly meetings in the Foundations of Cognition Colloquium Series. Other forms include interfaculty collaboration, such as with the ‘Philosophy for the translation of neuroscience to society’ programme and the Radboud Interfaculty Complexity Science Hub (RICH). The CCCL is also involved in the organisation of and participation in interdisciplinary conferences and works closely with partners including the University of British Columbia (Linguistics), the Donders Institute, the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (cognitive neurosciences) and the Dimence Group (part of GGZ, the Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care).