PSY4312 – Cognitive Control in Action

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Course content

Cognitive control or executive functions describe higher-order neurocognitive processes that guide and adapt behaviour in an ever-changing environment. This module provides and in-depth look at these processes by covering both classic cognitive as well as neuroscientific research, models, and theories. Modern neuroscientific methods, such as connectivity analyses of structural and functional properties of the brain and their dynamic changes over various time scales, will be at the core of our considerations. 

Learning outcome

The students will learn to

  • conceptually relate cognitive control to other concepts of higher-order cognition (e.g., intelligence, creativity) as well as attention and perception,
  • specify the known and unknown aspects regarding the neural underpinnings of cognitive control, and
  • describe the mechanisms that guide cognition and behaviour at different time scales (from milliseconds and seconds, over minutes and hours, to stable traits (months and years).


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This course is not available for single course students.


Recommended previous knowledge

PSY4307 – Fundamentals of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience

PSY4310 – Research methods in cognitive neuroscience Part I


7 seminars á 2h.


Oral examination (graded).

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

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.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

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 spring


Every spring

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