This course is discontinued

PSY4302 – Human Cognitive Neuropsychology

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Course content

Emnet blir erstattet av PSY4305 fra og med våren 2014 og ble tilbudt siste gang våren 2013.

Human Cognitive Neuropsychology (HCN) uses knowledge of biological variation to elucidate mechanisms of cognitive function. Biological variation includes brain disorders, lifespan brain changes, and genetics. HCN will also typically combine behavioral measures with physiological windows on the brain. Focus will be on normal functions of attention and working memory and their role in higher order cognition of executive function and intelligence. Psychometric tests as well as experimental cognitive paradigms will be used to discuss relevant disorders and dysfunctions in psychopathology, brain injury and aging.

Learning outcome

The course will bring the student to the frontline of research within selected topics in HCN and provide a basis for further thesis work.

It will provide a basis for understanding the applications of HCN in clinical neuroscience and individual differences research. The student will thereby have a basis for critical and independent evaluation of highly publicized findings and claims to relevance for treatment or lifestyle changes.

The course will try to further a non-dogmatic and eclectic attitude to research on mind-brain relations in which mind and brain are seen as integrated.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

This course is offered to students in the master's degree programme in psychology - Cognitive Neuroscience discipline.

Recommended previous knowledge

This course builds on the knowledge from PSY4303 – Vision and the Brain (discontinued) in the first semester of the master's programme.


Teaching will be given in the form of lectures and seminars. You are required to give a seminar presentation in order to pass this course.

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.


3-hours written exam. Seminar presentation needed to be passed in order to take the exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The exam is given in English.

Grading scale

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

The department may use the acknowledged plagiarism filter, Ephorus for all written assignments when in doubt there may be a case of plagiarism in the submitted work. For more info, see: innleveringsoppgaver og kildebruk

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

There is no make up exam for this course. Students who have been sick on the exam must register for the exam next time the course is scheduled.

If one doesn`t sit for the exam one must submit proof of legitimate absence (illness, etc.), see § 5.5 in Regulations for studies and examinations at the University.

Students who have special conditions - for example, that one is chronically ill, prevented from further progression or lose the right to study at the university, may apply to have a postponed exam the same term. It is not automatically granted.

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.

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