Research strands

Researchers in the HUMLab

Sheffield is strongly committed to interdisciplinary work and the HumLab promotes multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research centered on areas that are core to the Arts and Humanities.

What questions can we tackle using laboratory-based methods?

How can methods that are now used in the study of language and music be introduced to other A&H disciplines, e.g. literature, film studies, visual arts? The HumLab makes it possible for colleagues from English, Languages & Cultures, Music and Philosophy who share theoretical and methodological interests and concerns to join up their research and let their disciplines thrive on cross-fertilization.

How is cognition research shaping our understanding of music and language as human capacities and, vice versa, how can Arts and Humanities research shape the way cognitive scientists approach “our” objects of study?

The type of empirical and quantifiable data that the equipment housed in the HumLab makes available facilitates interdisciplinary communication and open up avenues for collaboration with colleagues from across the university, most notably Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Computer Science. Pursuing joint research hypotheses from different angles enables us to go go beyond incremental progress within a discipline.