This course is discontinued

PSY2300 – Introduction to cognitive psychology

Course content

The course will provide insight into how the human mind process information. Recent scientific discoveries and central thesis in cognitive psychology will be presented. Emphasis will be on themes like:

  • Memory.
  • Perception.
  • Attention.
  • Human decisionmaking.

Another central topic throughout the course will be the relation between cognitiv psychology and other scientific fields such as:

  • Nevroscience.
  • Technology research.
  • Philosophy.
  • Lingvistics.

An introduction will be given to the methods of cognitiv psychology. The application of cognitive psychology will put emphasis on the area of witness-psychology.

The course content will be presented in lectures and worked through in student-led discussion grups.

Learning outcome

The students are expected to be able to elaborate on the theoretical and empirical foundation of the the science of memory, perception, attention and human decisionmaking.

The students must be familiar with the theoretical controversies in the scientific field of attention and memory, and be able to argument for and against the different positions.

Furthermore, the students are expected to understand and discuss how cognitive psychology can be applied in different areas of society, such as in witness-psychology.

They are also expected to understand the importance of investigating scientificly the ordinary phenomena which are part of all peoples lives.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


The course starts with a 6 hours long lecture in experimental psychology. The following weeks the lectures will be 4 hours per week.

It is obligatory to participate in the student-led discussion groups. Students must participate in at least 3 out of 4 gatherings, and also submit a group report.

Teaching takes place throughout the semester.

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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