This course is discontinued

PSY4305B – Genetics in Cognitive Neuroscience

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Course content

The course gives and introduction to the role of genetic variation in cognition and brain function. Genetic variation refers to molecular differences between individuals including single nucleotide polymorphisms and aggregates of these, as well as differences in gene expression and epigenetic profiles. Focus will be on the genetic underpinnings of attention, cognitive control, general cognitive abilities, as well as learning and memory. Contributions from genetics of cognitive neuroscience to the understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders such as psychosis and dementia will also be discussed. The course includes a practical seminar on genetic association analysis. Ethical aspects of the use of genetic information in research will be emphasized throughout the course.

Learning outcome

The course aims to familiarize the students with central conceptual and methodological topics at the front of the field, and will provide the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with standard tools for genetic association analysis.


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Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with PSY4305 – Genetics of Cognitive Neuroscience (discontinued)


6 lectures á 2h, plus 4 tutorial seminars á 2h.

A list of suggested readings will be provided to guide students in their self-studies.


Review paper on a topic within genetics of cognitive neuroscience, to be chosen by the candidate. The paper will be graded.

Previous exams

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

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

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

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Every spring


Every spring

Last exam Spring 2021

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