PSY4204 – Hands-on training in emotional and cognitive development

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Course content

This course seeks to transmit in-depth knowledge about the development of a wide range of cognitive and emotional phenomena: Language, executive functions, gender differences, emotion regulation, emotion understanding, emotional competence, and attachment. These phenomena will be looked at from mainly a psychological perspective but also from a neuropsychological perspective.

The course also seeks to transmit skills about various methods to research and how to assess cognitive and emotional development. At the end of the course, students will have constituted a portfolio of methods to assess the development of various cognitive and emotional phenomena that they might use in the future as researcher or practitioner.

Learning outcome


You should have:

  • In-depth knowledge about the development of a selection of cognitive and emotional phenomena from a developmental, PSYCHOLOGICAL and neuropsychological perspective (e.g. language, executive functions, gender differences, emotion regulation, emotion understanding, emotional competence, and attachment).


You should be able:

  • To assess the development of a wide range of cognitive and emotional phenomena by the mean of tests, questionnaires, interviews, as well as Eye-tracking.
  • To conduct a basic and applied research (planning, execution, reporting).

General competences:

You should be able:

  • To analyse knowledge and scientific methods
  • To communicate scientific knowledge to researchers and non-researchers
  • To use scientific knowledge and methods outside the world of research
  • To collaborate with researchers and practitioners
  • To work in group
  • To discuss the ethics of research and practice
  • To think critically and reflectively


This course is mandatory for students who chooses the developmental psychology option (fordypning).The course is an elective for students who will choose one of the other three options in the HUS-master.

ERASMUS students can apply for the course.

If fewer than 8 students apply to the course, the course will not be offered.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course requires that you have studied PSY1200 – Introduction to developmental psychology or the equivalent.

Overlapping courses


Teaching is given through lectures and seminars.

Students are expected to be active in both (e.g. group presentations, self-assessments & assessments of fellow students).

Attendance to all sessions (lectures and seminars) is compulsory.

Compulsory tuition activities are valid for the 2 next semesters after approval date.

Students will be dived into six groups of four students by chance (Emotion) and based on their own choice (Cognition).


Two written group assignments and one oral group presentation: 

  1. Emotion: Group presentation
  2. Cognition: Group assignment
  3. Cognition and emotion: Group assignment

All three modules and exam components must be passed during the same semester in order to pass the course. 

Language of examination

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

Written exams can be written in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Oral exams must be presented in English

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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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






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