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Communicative Processes (ComPros)

Our main goal is to raise knowledge on communicative developmental and learning processes in order to contribute in the development of effective intervention for children, youth and adults with language and communication difficulties. 

About the group

ComPros’ (est. July 2018) main focus is on the communicative developmental and learning processes in typical and atypical populations across the lifespan. Communicative developmental and learning processes includes the question of how linguistic- and communicate skills are acquired and utilised in the interaction with the environment, such as how children learn new words, the maintenance of skills, the influence of individual and contextual conditions and how communicative skills change across the lifespan. 

The research groups scientific activity

We aim to conduct high quality research within three substantial domains:

1. Understanding the neurocognitive foundation for individual differences in development and learning related to language and communication.

2. Understand a) how individual and contextual factors influence the communicative development and learning and b) how communication influences development and learning within other developmental domains.

3) Develop and test the effect of interventions to enhance language and communication skills in children and adults with special needs.

In the initial phase the research group will also work on the following goals:

  • create a competent research environment within the area of communicative developmental and learning processes for both researchers and students.
  • create a supportive environment for new researchers, introduce graduate students to the possibilities to move forward with an academic career and provide senior researchers with possibilities to discuss both ongoing projects and project ideas.
  • to take advantage of the synergy effects of existing research project, such as combining compatible data sets to answer new research questions and make use of participants experiences.
  • apply for collaborative externally financed research projects (e.g. International Training Network (ITN), EUs Marie Curie-program and the BETTER HEALTH PROGRAMME (the Research Counsil of Norway).

Ongoing projects

ComPros members are involved in a range of ongoing research projects, of which many are externally funded. All members bring their ongoing research projects into the research group. Our short-term goal is therefore to complete ongoing projects and achieve a synergy effect from these ongoing projects. 

Research Education for PhD - candidates

Our courses focus on:

  • methods to develop new knowledge on communicate developmental and learning processes.
  • development and implementation of research based intervention for individuals with language and communication difficulties.

The courses will be developed in collaboration with the Faculty Committee for Research Education. When appropriate PhD-courses will be delivered in collaboration with the research group LinCon (Literacy and Numeracy in Context).

We also aim to provide our PhD-candidates and Postdoctoral fellows generic skills and knowledge on the development of the research community. Relevant topics are research integrity, research replicability, the publication process and evaluation of previous research. Many of our PhD-candidates have international co-supervisors, and we aim to further promote the opportunities for international collaboration for our members in recruitment positions. 


Our members have an extensive national and international network of collaboration partners. This network includes research groups and researchers from other institutes and institutions at the University of Oslo, University of Bergen, the University of South-east Norway and the University Collage of Western Norway. Additionally, we have close ties to the field of practice within the specialist health services as well as schools and pre-schools. Our international collaboration network includes world leading researchers from a range of nationalities. Additionally, several of our members also are members of formal research networks such as the European COST-network for aphasia, The collaboration of Aphasia trialist (CATs) and COST Action COST IS1406 Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond. 

Meeting points

Our collaboration includes group meetings, seminars, workshops and PhD-courses. We aim for efficient meetings, informal collaboration and low threshold meeting points. Additionally, the research group provides a forum for discussions regarding project development and progress of ongoing projects, as well as research dissemination both with regards to publications and verbal presentations. 

Published Oct. 1, 2018 12:03 PM - Last modified June 9, 2022 2:37 PM



Simon Sundström, Associate Professor at the Department of Special Needs Education
Melanie Kirmess, Associate Professor at the Department of Special Needs Education

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