PSY4308 – Trends in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience 1

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

This course will cover current topics in cognitive psychology, cognitive and clinical neuroscience, as well as issues relevant to science in general (e.g., publication bias, reproducibility). Unlike other modules, topics presented here will reflect ongoing debates at the forefront of the international scientific community.

Invited presentations will be given by researchers of the Department of Psychology and guest researchers as part of a colloquium series. In addition, students will participate in a seminar series that covers topics of more global scientific relevance. The students will be responsible for the organization of the seminars’ contents, e.g. the determination of relevant topics, provision of relevant literature to the other students, as well as the presentation of the topic and the moderation of an open discussion.

Learning outcome

The students will learn to:

  • prepare, evaluate, present, and publicly discuss current neuroscientific themes.
  • and will furthermore be exposed to general scientific procedures as well as their criticism and evolution,
  • thereby also gaining deeper insights into academic organization.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed PSY4307 – Fundamentals of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with PSY4304 – Current issues in Cognitive Neuroscience (discontinued)


10 lectures á 1h, 4 seminars á 2h.

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.


Oral presentation (graded): the students will present a relevant scientific topic and lead the discussion as part of the seminar.

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

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


Every autumn

Teaching language