PSY4309 – Trends in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience 2

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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.
  • They will furthermore be exposed to general scientific procedures as well as their criticism and evolution,
  • thereby also gaining deeper insights into academic organization.


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Overlapping courses

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


8 lectures á 1h, 4 seminars á 2h.


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

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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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.

Facts about this course






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