PSY4311 – Affective Neuroscience

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Course content

This module covers topics that are currently debated in Affective Neuroscience, e.g. ‘Does social pain really hurt’, ‘Is there a placebo prone personality’, ‘Why haven’t the enormous research efforts into the neurobiology of addiction yielded any effective new treatments’, etc. Lectures will delineate diverse sources of evidence and highlight both advantages and limitations of each individual methodology, e.g. issues related to translating from rodent addiction models to human patients. In seminars, students will practice i) critical reading of the literature, and ii) designing new experiments to close knowledge gaps in the field.

Learning outcome

The students will learn to:

  • Evaluate the explanatory value and limitations of a broad range of cognitive neuroscience approaches, such as fMRI, psychopharmacology and behavioural tasks in non-human and human populations
  • Design new studies that can contribute new knowledge to current areas of debate, and gain an overview of key debates in social/affective neuroscience


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5 lectures á 2h, 5 seminars á 2h.


Home exam in which a manuscript is critically reviewed (graded).

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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

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.



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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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.

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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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Every spring


Every spring

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