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Department of Philosophy

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

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I am Associate Professor in Cognitive Science, Reader in the master's program in Cognitive Science, supervisor, project leader and senior researcher in Linnaeus environment ”Cognition, Communication, and Learning” at Lund University.

My research focuses on multimodality, cognition and communication. I have been using eye movement measurement to study in detail image perception, the interplay between language and images, the role of images for learning, visual communication, visual thinking (mental imagery), and users' interaction with various media. My research has practical implications for how we design accessible and readable texts in print and on-line. Currently, I am investigating accessibility of visual information via the process of audio description (verbal descriptions of visual scenes for people with visual impairment and blindness).

Research

Completed projects

About the research

I am Associate Professor in Cognitive Science and Senior Researcher in Linnaeus environment ”Cognition, Communication, and Learning” at Lund University. In my research, I have combined quantitative and qualitative methods (eye tracking, verbal protocols, experiments, focus groups, interviews) to study cognition and communication.

My research focuses on multimodality, cognition and visual communication. I have been using eye movement measurement to study in detail image perception, the interplay between language and images, the role of images for learning, visual thinking (mental imagery), and users' interaction with various media. My research has practical implications for how we design accessible and readable texts in various media. Currently, I am investigating accessibility of visual information via the process of audio description (verbal descriptions of visual scenes for people with visual impairment and blindness). 

My book "Discourse, vision and cognition" (Benjamins 2008) concerns perception, interpretation and description of images and the underlying cognitive processes. My book "Myths and facts about reading" (Nordstedts 2010) presents research on reading and on the interplay between text, images and graphics in various media. It has implications for a user-friendly, accessible design of complex texts - image messages in print and on-line. My book "Methodologies for multimodal research" (Sage 2012) is focusing on novel methods and tools for the analysis of visual communication and multimodality, including an interdisciplinary framework and a triangulation of methods.

 I am also one of the editors of the antology "Audio description - research and practices" (2016) published in co-operation between Lund university, Stockholm university and the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM). The book is the first of its kind in Sweden and Scandinavia and is available as a printed book, as an open access publication, as a talking book and in Braille.

During my time in Germany and Czech Republic (1986 -1992) I conducted research on spoken language communication, narratives and interpretation by means of conversation analysis, discourse analysis and interpretation theories.

Publications

Books (5)
Editorships (2)
Articles (19)
  • Andersson, R., Holsanova, J. & Holmqvist, K. (2012). Opinion prediction as communicative success, and the role of visual information in conversations. [submitted].
  • Andersson, R., Holsanova, J. & Holmqvist, K. (2012). Referring to optional visual information in unrestricted dialogue. [submitted].
  • Boeriis, M. & Holsanova, J. (2012). Tracking visual segmentation: connecting semiotic and cognitive perspectives. Visual Communication, 11, 259-281. SAGE Publications Inc..
  • Boeriis, M. & Holsanova, J. (2012). Tracking visual segmentation: connecting semiotic and cognitive perspectives. Visual Communication, 11, 259-281. SAGE Publications.
  • Holsanova, J. (2012). New methods for studying visual communication and multimodal integration. Visual Communication, 11, 251-257. SAGE Publications Inc..
  • Johansson, R., Holsanova, J., Dewhurst, R. & Holmqvist, K. (2012). Eye movements during scene recollection have a functional role, but they are not reinstatements of those produced during encoding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 1289-1314. American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Holsanova, J., Andersson, R., Johansson, R., Holmqvist, K. & Strömqvist, S. (2010). Lund Eye Tracking Studies in Research on Language and Cognition. Slovo a Slovesnost, 71, 317-328. Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky.
  • Holsanova, J., Holmqvist, K. & Holmberg, N. (2009). Reading information graphics: The Role of Spatial Proximity and Dual Attentional Guidance. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23, 1215-1226. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Holsanova, J., Rahm, H. & Holmqvist, K. (2006). Entry points and reading paths on the newspaper spread: Comparing semiotic analysis with eye-tracking measurements. Visual Communication, 5, 65-93. SAGE Publications Inc..
  • Johansson, R., Holsanova, J. & Holmqvist, K. (2006). Pictures and spoken descriptions elicit similar eye movements during mental imagery, both in light and in complete darkness. Cognitive Science, 30, 1053-1079. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Wästerfors, D. & Holsanova, J. (2005). Examples as Crucial Arguments on 'others'. Text - An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Discourse1981-01-01+01:002006-01-01+01:00, 25, 519-554. De Gruyter.
  • Adelswärd, V., Holsanova, J. & Wibeck, V. (2002). Virtual talk as a communicative resource. Explorations in the field of gene technology. Sprachtheorie und Germanistische Linguistik, 12, 3-26.
  • Holsanova, J. (1998). Att byta röst och rädda ansiktet. Citatanvändning i samtal om 'de andra'. Språk och stil, 8, 105-133. Institutionen för nordiska språk, Uppsala universitet.
  • Holsanova, J. (1993). Was dolmetscht der Dolmetscher, wenn er ein Gespäch dolmetscht?. Preprint without journal information. Manne Siegbahn Institute.
  • Cmejrkova, S. & Holsanova, J. (1992). Contrastive pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics, 274-280. Elsevier.
  • Holsanova, J. (1992). Lingvisticke kolokvium v Paderbornu. Slovo a Slovesnost, 4/LII, 319-320. Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky.
  • Nekvapil, J. & Holsanova, J. (1991). Kritische Überlegungen zur Entwicklung der Sprachwissenschaft seit 1970. Lingustica Pragensia, 34/1/1991, 27-39.
  • Holsanova, J. (1988). Pragmatika, teorie textu, analyza mluvene komunikace v edici Linguistica. Jazykovedne aktuality, XXV/1 a 2, 57-60.
  • Hoffmannova, J. & Holsanova, J. (1987). Mezinarodni konference o makrostrukturach v textu a komunikaci. Slovo a Slovesnost, 328-333. Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky.
Book chapters (41)
Encyclopaedia entries (1)
Conference contributions (67)
Reports (11)
Working papers (6)
Supervision at Lund University (3)
  • Johansson, R. (2013). Tracking the Mind's Eye : Eye movements during mental imagery and memory retrieval. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 155. Dissertation.
  • Andersson, R. (2012). Language and Vision. Using visual information in real-world language situations. Lund University Cognitive Studies, 152. Dissertation.
  • Johansson, R. (2011). Tracking the Mind's Eye. Humaniora och teologi, Kognitionsvetenskap. Licentiate thesis.

Research portal (Lund University)

Teaching

Other tasks and qualifications

Management assignments

  • Coordinator of the initiative "Audio description and image description for accessible communication and social inclusion" 2019-
  • Deputy member of the Board, Philosophy Dept., 2019-
  • Member of the steering committee, Linnaeus environment Cognition, Communication and Learning: Thinking in Time (CCL), 2009–2019
  • Chair of the Swedish Braille Authority (Punktskriftsnämnden), Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, MTM 2012 –
  • Board Member of the Swedish Braille Authority (Punktskriftsnämnden), Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, MTM 2009–2012
  • Mentor for postdoctoral researchers within the framework of luPOD - Lund University Career Development
  • Chair elect of the Visual Communication Division, International Communication Association, ICA 2013–2015
  • Head of the department of Educational Sciences, 2015
  • Director of Doctoral Studies Philosophy Dept., 2014
  • Member of the Equal opportunities group (JLM), Department of Philosophy, 2012–2014
  • Vice Chair of the Visual Communication Division, International Communication Association, ICA 2011–2013

Editorial board

  • Slovo a slovesnost, Praha. 2010 –
  • Guest editor Visual communication, Sage (2012)

Awards

  • Recipient of the award from Inga and John Hains Foundation (2013, 2014)