PSY4303B – Vision and the Brain

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Course content

This module surveys the cognitive neuroscience of vision. It focuses on the processes of visual attention, perception (of colors, objects, faces), imagery and memory, and how the human brain achieves awareness of the visual world. The module is based on broad interdisciplinary evidence, derived from biology, neurology, psychology, computer science, philosophy, and the visual arts.

Learning outcome

The goal is to become aware of current key questions and empirical findings within the cognitive neuroscience of vision as well as learn about the underlying principles of brains’ visual functions. One will learn how a variety of scientific methods used within cognitive neuroscience and cognate fields of research have been succesful in gathering converging evidence relative to visual mechanisms and their neural organization.


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This course is only offered to students who have been admitted to the programme as a whole (2-years). ERASMUS students and students from other master’s programmes at the University of Oslo may be admitted into this course by individual application to the department. The application has to include a confirmation from your department that the course can be a part of your degree.Only students admitted to the course may take part in instruction and tuition and sit for the examination.

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Six 2h lectures.

A collection of state-of-the-art journal articles, reflecting the contents of the lectures, will constitute the core reading material for the course. A short monograph is also proposed as recommended Reading.


One written reflection note and one final class presentation seminar of 6 h. Each student makes a short presentation (15 min) of a published, relevant, study within the cognitive neuroscience of vision.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response 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.

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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.

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