Category: Language & learning

Marcin de Kaminski wonders who owns knowledge.

Should knowledge be free?

Opinion by Marcin de Kaminski, doctoral student in sociology of law and internet researcher at Lund University 2013 Knowledge is capital. Or is it? One of the major questions of our time and for the future is, or should be, who owns the knowledge with which we surround ourselves. While...

Split-second decisions at the supermarket

One and a half seconds. In that time the packaging’s message must reach the customer if they are not to look away and choose a competing product from the supermarket shelf. By measuring customers’ eye movements, a research group at the Humanities Laboratory has discovered that we look at no...

What do we know about our choices?

Research at Lund University shows that the majority of us can argue for choices that actually contradict a decision we have just made. The phenomenon is known as choice blindness. Using tricks inspired by professional card magicians, researchers at Lund University have revealed that a lack of detailed thinking lies...

Peter Gärdenfors

Learning on the brain

A good teacher has an in-depth understanding of his or her subject, is able to read the students and offers a lot of sensible feedback. If the teacher is also a good storyteller and gives the students control of their own learning, then this creates the optimal conditions for them...

Language learning as easy for adults as for children

Research at the Humanities Laboratory in Lund has refuted the myth that children find it easier to learn languages than adults. The studies show that children and adults are both just as good at identifying new words and understanding their meaning when they hear a foreign language for the first...