This course is discontinued

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The syllabus and lectures address the neurological basis of core cognitive functions in humans, including:

  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Executive functions

Methods used in cognitive neuroscience, as well as the evolution and lifespan changes of the brain and cognitive functions, are also addressed.

Learning outcome

You should be able to:

  • Describe key features of methods used in cognitive neuroscience Research.
  • Describe and discuss basic level knowledge of the neuroscience of cognitive functions, including visual perception, attention, memory, executive functions and Language.
  • Delineate central aspects of the evolution and development of the brain and cognitive functions.

You should be able to:

  • Read and understand review and research papers in cognitive neuroscience.
  • Formulate and communicate cognitive neuroscience knowledge in written English.

General competence:
You should be able to:

  • Identify and reflect on strengths and weaknesses with different scientific methods and analyses.
  • Critically evaluate the informational value of conclusions drawn in research papers.


If there are more applicants than available places, the students
that has this course as an obligatory course in their education plan will be preferred. Read more here (only in Norwegian)


Formal prerequisite knowledge

PSY1000 – Innføring i generell psykologi (discontinued) and PSY1010 – Innføring i metode.

Recommended previous knowledge

PSY2300 – Introduction to cognitive psychology (discontinued) or an equivalent course.


The teaching will be given as 12 lectures.


3 hours written examination.

Previous exams.

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

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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

You can ask for explanation of your grade in this course.

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Last semester with teaching in PSY2302 is Autumn 2018. The course will be discontinued after this semester


Every autumn

Last chance for retake examination is Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019.

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